Recipient of the Curator Open Call 2020
Curated by Seet Yun Teng
Chapel Gallery, Objectifs
3 Sept to 1 Nov 2020
Tues to Sat, 12pm to 7pm, Sunday 12pm to 4pm
Closed on Mondays and public holidays
Admission is free
Rating: Advisory (Some Mature Content)
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:: Tactility Studies: Pandemic Distances: Sun 18 Oct, 12pm to 6pm
An immersive workshop experience.
:: Opening (Extended Hours): Thu 3 Sept, 12pm to 9pm
Guided Tour by Curator: Thu 3 Sept, 7.30pm to 8pm
:: Docent Guided Tours: Weekly, on Wednesdays 5.30pm to 6pm & Saturdays 2.30pm to 3pm.
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Admission is free; donations are welcome.
Extending a thread of inquiry situated between the material world of things and the immaterial world of affects, immaterial bodies weaves together the works of Weixin Quek Chong, ila, Wayne Lim and Denise Yap to explore the relationship between bodies and four domains: the shifting urban landscape, systems of control, post-human transformations, and alternative kinships. In doing so, the exhibition looks at new possibilities for existence and relationships, ideas which are especially relevant in a world made more precarious, anxious and chaotic in light of Covid-19’s global impact.
This exhibition curated by Seet Yun Teng is the recipient of Curator Open Call, part of Objectifs’ ongoing effort to broaden perspectives by supporting curatorial research and innovative ways of presenting image-based work.
About the curator
Curator, artist, and writer Seet Yun Teng has worked in various capacities, always with a keen interest in artistic research and critical discourse. Her curatorial practice has previously been concerned with alternative formats of exhibition-making and transdisciplinary collaborations, whilst her art practice engages with material forms, with a focus on weaving and its entanglements with the body. Her recent research interests revolve around the relationship between affect and bodies, the agency of objects, and the phenomenological experience of seeing, encountering, and believing. Recent projects include warp and weft / as long as it is wide, Jalan Besar Salon, and objects in the mirror, Supernormal, both Singapore (2019); Anne Morrell – Chasing Tensions, Constance Howard Gallery, London, United Kingdom (2018).
About the artists
The intimate works of visual and performance artist ila (b.1985, Singapore) weave imagined narratives into existing realities and use her body as a space of tension, negotiation and confrontation in order to generate discussion about gender, history and identity in relation to pressing contemporary issues. Her performances and works have recently been shown at ArtScience Museum, Stamford Arts Centre, both Singapore (2020); The Substation; NTU Centre for Contemporary Art; National Design Centre, all Singapore (2019).
Situated at the intersection of research and theory, the praxis of Wayne Lim (b.1989, Singapore) seeks to transgress defined notions of conventional aesthetic, curatorial and research practice — through self-publishing, self-organization, and developing (long-term) collective projects. Recent projects include A Weekend Affair (2019-ongoing), and his work has shown at Chinretsukan Gallery, Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan; The Substation, Singapore; Coda Culture, Singapore (all 2020) among others.
The diverse practice of Weixin Quek Chong(b.1988, Singapore/Madrid) engages with tactility and visuality as a language of the senses, in order to address the aesthetics and dialectics of material as an alternative confrontation. She has exhibited extensively internationally and locally, recently at NTU-ADM Gallery, ArtScience Museum, both Singapore (2020), National Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea; Tainan Art Museum, Taiwan; Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore (all 2019) amongst others. She received the NAC Young Artist Award in 2019 and the President’s Young Talents Grand Prize in 2018.
Art practitioner Denise Yap (b. 1998, Singapore) draws from different sources of information to build a world that explores the potentiality of sincere investments such as alternative kinships and entanglements (and all the embarrassments) of the human condition. Recent exhibitions include The Open Workshop, Supernormal, Singapore (2020), Eaten: A Capsule Museum for Future Possible Past Beings, Gillman Barracks; Repel Revel, Grey Projects; all Singapore (2019).