A conversation with artist-in-residence Tan Wei Keong
Thu 1 Dec, 7pm – 8pm
Workshop Space, Objectifs
Free admission. Please RSVP here
Join us for an artist talk with our current artist-in-residence — animation filmmaker Tan Wei Keong. Through his films, he explores his gay identity through personal storytelling and fantasy worlds. His films are a vehicle for viewers to open up, feel, think and talk about issues of personal identity at their own pace.
During the session, Wei Keong will share more about how growing up as a gay person in Singapore shaped his artistic practice, and the development process of his new short film ‘More Than Happy’.
About Tan Wei Keong
Tan Wei Keong (b. 1984) is an animation filmmaker who explores his gay identity through personal storytelling and fantasy worlds. He was awarded the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council of Singapore in 2019. His highly acclaimed body of work received international recognition at many film festivals, including Berlin International Film Festival, Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Singapore International Film Festival. He is a resident at SFFILM FilmHouse for his next short and feature development.
His film, Kingdom (2018), has been selected to compete at the Berlin International Film Festival. His films have achieved recognition on numerous occasions at the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), including the Best Singapore Short Film Award for Between Us Two (2017), Special Mention for Hush Baby (2009) and the Special Achievement Award for White (2007). His highly acclaimed body of work received international recognition at many film festivals, including those at Annecy, Zagreb, Stuttgart and Toronto.
Wei Keong’s interest in new media led to exhibition pieces including Muybridge’s Birds (2021), a video collaboration with Jim Campbell projected from the top of the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco; and Notes of the Lighthouse Keepers (2016), which was shown at Headlands Center for the Arts in California.