Unexpected locations for Singapore Art Week 2022
Singapore Art Week is all about engaging the public and offering new and exciting ways to enjoy the arts. As well as offering events through key partners, we’re taking exhibitions and events out of museums and traditional white-box galleries, and transplanting them to unexpected everyday locations. To illustrate this, The A List has picked out a few programme highlights from SAW 2022.
Hawker! Hawker! @ Lau Pa Sat
Lau Pa Sat doesn’t quite have the old-time feel it did before its 2013/14 refurb, but it is still one of the oldest Victorian structures in Southeast Asia, dating back to 1824. It was later rebuilt in 1834 and saw another rebuild in 1894, when it was relocated to its current site at Raffles Quay. Set in this historic location, Hawker! Hawker! brings together Singapore- and New York-based artists, curators, and writers to shine a timely spotlight on Singapore’s evolving hawker culture. It is a culture so rich and diverse that in December 2020 it was designated an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Hawker! Hawker! is a deep dive into the past, present and possible future of this cherished cultural asset through participatory installations, sculpture, photography, performance, digital art, and writing. The exhibition runs from 7 Jan to 28 Jan, 11am–9pm and admission is free. Find out more about Hawker! Hawker! here.
Creative Intersections: In the Year of the Tiger @ Funan
Creative Intersections: In the Year of the Tiger presents newfound collaborations between artists and brands housed in the new Funan mall. Riffing around a fictional tale about a tiger, artists explore Singapore’s connection with the tiger in history, folklore and mythology. With each brand pairing, different aspects of conservation, habitats and pop culture inform the artistic vision. Engage with and enjoy art as you shop or hang out in one of Singapore’s most dramatic spaces. This special art-meets-retail programme runs for a month from 14 Jan between the hours of 10am and 10pm. Find out more about Creative Intersections: In the Year of the Tiger here.
DIASPORA @ Basheer Graphic Books
Every bibliophile in Singapore has a soft spot for Bras Basah Centre, home to some of the best specialist bookshops in town. A case in point is Basheer Graphic Books, for many years a vital resource for students and educators in the arts and creative industries. As part of Singapore Art Week 2022, it will host a visual art exhibition from 14 Jan to 23 Jan, co-curated by Artblovk pop-up gallery and Lim Cheng Tju. The exhibition features works by A Good Citizen (Dan Wong), Comet Girl (Cherie Sim) and other young local talent. The exhibition runs Monday to Saturday, 10am to 8pm, and 11am to 7pm on Sundays. Get more information about DIASPORA here.
Hotel Illiterati @ Chin Mee Chin Confectionary
How do diasporic Singaporeans and Southeast Asians juggle hybrid identity and national belonging? How does culture evolve in a multicultural, multi-ethnic hub in the globalised economy? These questions are tackled by Singapore art collective Vertical Submarine using the trope of a hotel – the classic meeting place for random strangers from different parts of the world. From 19 to 26 Jan Vertical Submarine takes over the space above beloved coffee and charcoal-toasted kaya bun emporium, Chin Mee Chin Confectionary. Admission is by appointment only. Register by emailing email@example.com Find out more about Hotel Illiterati here.
Somewhere in Bedok blooms the blushing rouge of embroidered roses @ Bedok
Somewhere in Bedok blooms the blushing rouge of embroidered roses is a show staged in an HDB apartment somewhere in Bedok that’s been transformed into a living museum decorated in Rococo and Georgian styles. From the gilded furnishings to the sculpted curves of the fixtures, to the collection of art and ornamental objects including paintings, turn-of-the-century Chinoiserie, and antique English and European porcelain, the mood is one of high visual drama undercut by an off-beat presentation of domesticity and the Freudian uncanny (the feeling we occasionally get of something being not just mysterious but creepy, often in a disconcertingly familiar way; a sensation Freud explained as being caused by the sudden release of repressed memories). The show runs from 14 Jan to 30 Jan and admission is free upon registration. Find out more about Somewhere in Bedok blooms the blushing rouge of embroidered roses here.
(Photos: roots.gov.sg, Funan, Artblovk, sg-all-in-one.com, Marjorie Dogget (c) National Archives of Singapore/THE NEST STUDIO)