Curated by Lisa Polten & Deborah Lim
Exhibition Opening: 27 July 2019 (Saturday), 17:00 - 19:00
Exhibition Duration: 27 July – 1 September 2019
This year marks the Bicentennial celebrations for Singapore, with explorations into what constitutes the current state of Singaporean national identity. Instead of looking back, we want to examine current socio-political and cultural contexts and look to the future – an indication of what we could become. Split into chapters, Singapore Utopia presents artists who address themes of multiculturalism, intimacy, diaspora, land and language. A series of programmes to accompany the exhibition will hold equivalent weight, occupying a central space in the gallery and reaching into genres of music, literature and performance.
Contributing to an overarching discourse of identity and what it means to be Singaporean in this day and age, this exhibition and forum is an acknowledgment that art reflects, articulates and contributes towards the society that we inhabit.
Our key project goal is a comprehensive exploration of national identity, which is a theoretical concept but discussed by means of physical artworks and actions, presented through the lens of artists and programme partners. It is an acknowledgment that the arts are necessary to develop quality of life and encourage creativity and expression. The exhibition and forum should instigate meaningful discussion amongst visitors and members of the Singaporean community of the parameters Singaporeans live within and how this contributes to national identity. It will serve as a knowledge-building platform to encourage analysis of socio-cultural issues.
All programmes to be released soon.
Ahmad Abu Bakar
Ho Tzu Nyen
Kum Chee Kiong