Things to do, watch, listen this week: 28 Dec to 3 Jan
Start the year afresh with a dose of arts and culture. Visit a thought-provoking exhibition by a Singaporean artist, get a different perspective on Asia by watching a variety of films produced by Vietnamese filmmaker, or take a trip down memory lane and observe how Singapore’s design landscape has evolved over the last 50 years. Read on for our top picks of arts and culture things to do this week.
Admire visual artist Kray Chen’s new solo show that features a series of sculptures and a video opera inspired by the pandemic. Held at FOST Gallery, the exhibition presents itself as a scene at a Teochew street-opera tent in Singapore, with sparsely scattered chairs each loosely facing a staging of a story from the past. Through his artwork, Chen takes this time of uncertainty and the metered distance between people to explore the narrative of loneliness, disjointedness and division. This gallery exhibition will run until 3 Jan. Learn more about Hot Temple here.
Trinh T Minh-ha Films
See the world through award-winning artist and filmmaker Trinh T. Minh-ha’s eyes and watch a couple of her films presented in an exhibition format. This project is curated by Nanyang Technological University Centre for Contemporary Art’s (NTU CCA) founding director, Ute Meta Bauer, and the line-up of shows includes Forgetting Vietnam (2015), Night Passage (2004), and Shoot for the Contents (1991). These films can be enjoyed both in-gallery at NTU CCA, or online until 28 Feb. Learn more about Trinh T Minh-ha Films here.
Feast your eyes on this art exhibition at Objectifs, which showcases photography, painting and installations by three artists based in Singapore – Chua Chye Teck, Hilmi Johandi and Wei Leng Tay. The exhibition offers fresh perspectives on the photographic image and its display includes a family’s archive of photographic slides from the 1970s. The show runs until 10 Feb. Learn more about Progressive Disintegrations here.
Fifty Years Of Singapore Design
Find fresh design inspiration at this exhibition, which features more than 300 iconic designs from Singapore, ranging from industrial design to environmental design. A highlight of the show is the iconic Singapore Airlines stewardess uniform, the ‘Sarong Kebaya’, designed by French couture master Pierre Balmain. The exhibition, held at the National Design Centre, is presented by the DesignSingapore Council. Learn more about Fifty Years Of Singapore Design here.
Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission: Cao Fei
Enjoy the poetic combination of movement and sound in a large-scale kinetic sculpture installed on the National Gallery Singapore’s Roof Garden. The work, 浮槎 Fú Chá, by well-known contemporary Chinese artist Cao Fei, features a wooden ship, filled with water, swaying back and forth. The work is a poignant and whimsical reference to the immigrants who made their way to Southeast Asia in search of better lives. Learn more about the installation here.
(Photos: Fost Gallery, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, Objectifs, National Design Centre, National Gallery Singapore)