Visual Arts
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Visual Arts

Importing the transient nature of the performing arts to the exhibiting of visual arts, our visual arts presentations generate a sense of dynamism through a constant change of exhibitions, located in the unusual spaces offered by Esplanade's unique architecture, and centered on four themes a year. Featuring international and regional artists, the focus on contemporary Singapore and Asian artistic expressions gives a visual dimension to the centre's performing arts events and festivals.


The Life of Things (Jan – Apr 2018)

Kevin Fee (Singapore), Lim Sokchanlina (Cambodia), Phan Thao-Nguyen (Vietnam), Sarker Protick (Bangladesh), Sim Chi Yin (Singapore), and UuDam Tran Nguyen (Vietnam)

Objects and places are repositories of history and conduits of memory, associated with experiences both personal and collective. While they are material things with physical attributes, they also have symbolic qualities that represent abstract ideas, signal emotion, and in the case of animistic belief systems, possess energies that people powerfully relate to.

In three exhibitions around Esplanade, artists from Singapore and the region present new and recent photographs, paintings, sculpture, video and installations. Broad in historical and geographical scope, these artworks uncover ways that colonial legacies, geopolitical tensions, and urban development leave material traces of their existence on things and places. In these exhibitions, objects and landscapes become discursive sites for the expression and interpretation of competing historical narratives and the complexities of contemporary experience.


The Life of Things Exhibition Guide
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Public Programmes
Join the artists of The Life of Things as they speak about their work and practice in this series of talks, moderated by curator Sam I-shan.

Artist Talk by UuDam Tran Nguyen (Vietnam) for Subliminal City
20 Jan 2018, Sat
11am – 12pm
Jendela (Visual Arts Space)

Artist Talk by Lim Sokchanlina (Cambodia) for Subliminal City
20 Jan 2018, Sat
12 – 1pm
Jendela (Visual Arts Space)

Artist Talk by Sarker Protick (Bangladesh) for Relics
20 Jan 2018, Sat
2 – 3pm
Jendela (Visual Arts Space)

Artist Talk by Sim Chi Yin (Singapore) for Relics
20 Jan 2018, Sat
3 – 4pm
Jendela (Visual Arts Space)

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