Responses to 'Dancing on Paper' by Jane Goh

Happening in conjunction with Dancing on Paper, an exhibition by Jane Goh.

Date: Sun, 5 Nov 2023
Time: 2.30pm – 4pm
Venue: Lower Gallery, Objectifs

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Jane Goh’s mixed-media exhibition Dancing on Paper is a joyous celebration of the female nude, where form and abstraction, as well as tradition and modernity intersect to inspire intriguing interpretations touching on anything from femininity to gender representation to aesthetics.

The exhibition concludes on a high with a session featuring an esteemed line-up of speakers, ranging from visual artists to poets to singer-songwriters, who respond to the artworks and/or the exhibition theme in their own distinctive ways.

This is a free event, and is part of the Objectifs’ 20th Anniversary Fundraiser.

The line-up:

1/ ila
2/ Alecia Neo
3/ Andrew Kirkrose Devadason
4/ Clara Chow
5/ Marylyn Tan
6/ Yong Shu Hoong
7/ Namiko Chan Takahashi
8/ Kelvin Tan

About the speakers:

ila’s research centres on peripheral narratives surrounding identity, space and histories, particularly looking at kinships with land and water bodies. She does art sometimes.

Alecia Neo is an artist and cultural worker. Her collaborative practice unfolds primarily through installations, lens-based media and participatory workshops that examine modes of radical hospitality and care. Her recent projects include Performing Care, Esplanade Tunnel (2023), Between Earth and Sky, 7th Anyang Public Art Project (2023), Scores for Caregiving, ArtScience Museum (2023), Power to the People, Karachi Biennial (2022) and ramah-tamah, Asian Civilisations Museum (2020). Iterations of her ongoing project Care Index have been presented at exhibitions, including The Listening Biennial (2021) and Assembly for Permacircular Museums, ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany (2021).

Andrew Kirkrose Devadason is a Singaporean poet and student of linguistics. Under his birth name, Devadason contributed the winning piece of the 2019 Hawker Prize to the journal OF ZOOS. His work has appeared in journals including Cordite Poetry Review and PERVERSE, and anthologies including New Singapore Poetries and EXHALE: An Anthology of Queer Singapore Voices.

A former journalist, Clara Chow has been shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize for her fiction, non-fiction and poetry. As the one-woman show behind Hermit Press, she has put out story collections such as Tales from the K-Pop, and the experimental prose chapbook There is No Why, Only. She was last sighted behind the Great Firewall of China.

Marylyn Tan is a large-beasted, supple, queer, female Chinese Singaporean writer-artist. Her work aims to subvert, revert and pervert, to disrespect respectability, and reclaim power. Her first child, Gaze Back, is the lesbo trans-genre grimoire you never knew you needed, making her the first woman poet (woet) to clinch the Singapore Literature Prize. Find her in her natural habitat at

Yong Shu Hoong has authored seven poetry collections, including Frottage (2005) and The Viewing Party (2013), which both won the Singapore Literature Prize, and the latest, Anatomy of a Wave (2022). He currently teaches at Nanyang Technological University and other institutions in Singapore. He is a co-author of collaborative works, The Adopted: Stories from Angkor (2015), Lost Bodies: Poems Between Portugal and Home (2016) and Lilla Torg: A Scandinavian Journey (2023).

Namiko Chan Takahashi is one of Singapore’s most accomplished artists, specialising in portraiture with her own contemporary realist style. In the past three decades she has held a number of solo exhibitions and has been featured in many group shows. Trained at the Art Students’ League of New York, she won the grand prize in the 2006 UOB Painting of the Year Awards, Asia’s most prestigious art competition.

Kelvin Tan is a writer and musician. He is the author of two novels, and a series of full-length and short plays. He is also the lead guitarist of seminal homegrown indie-rock The Oddfellows, and has released over 160 albums of his own music, available on Spotify. His website is and his Instagram handle is @dialecticrealm.

About the moderator:

Yeow Kai Chai is a poet, fiction writer, and editor. He has three poetry collections: Secret Manta (2001); Pretend I’m Not Here (2006); and One to the Dark Tower Comes (2020), which was awarded the 2022 Singapore Literature Prize. He has worked as editor-in-chief, entertainment editor and music reviewer in the media for nearly three decades. He was the Festival Director of Singapore Writers Festival from 2015 to 2018.