Review: Big Towers at Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore

Written by: Rachel Tan
22nd March 2018
Category: Review

Big towers is the first exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) Singapore by newly appointed curator Caterina Riva. Much like Riva who sought to address her encounter with another geography and context, I was invited to reflect on the experience of my own urban environment and city.

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Review: “…Always Moving” The Batik Art of Sarkasi Said

Written by: Joey Sim
14th January 2018
Category: Review

NUS Museum presents batik works created by Sarkasi Said from the 1990s to the present. These illustrate the developments in his artistic style and practice, reminiscing his early days as nomadic street artist to the prominent batik artist he is today.

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Review: When the River Reverses at Sa Sa Art Projects

Written by: Hung Duong
11th January 2018
Category: Review

It was a blazing afternoon in Phnom Penh. I was en route to Sa Sa Arts Project (SSAP), an artist-run space nestled in a quiet alley, huddled close to the extended roofs of rows of houses, trying to escape the glaring heat. On the other side of the road, a soporific canal carried all the different waters of the neighborhood, and undoubtedly the rest of this city. Memories of the people poured into the canal as formless and private flows that blended into a collective stream. A needed intervention

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Welcome to Reality: A Review of Discipline the City, Part 1

Written by: Christina J. Chua
17th November 2017
Category: Review

“A.C.A.B.” with an assertive underscore to denote a profanity referring to curators, not cops. I wanted in. The event summary described what I thought was not actually a curator’s tour, but a performance of one. And apparently the performers were all punks. The programme it was a part of, Discipline the City, proved to be much more than an exhibition. It was kind of a miniature biennial, or festival, 6 months long and replete with salon talks, film screenings, workshops, residencies and competit

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Review: Propositions for a Stage: 24 Frames of a Beautiful Heaven

Written by: Christine Han
4th November 2017
Category: Review

There was an element of necrophilia present in this exhibition focused on film and video. It is, as Paul Willemen has noted, “something that is dead, past, but alive in memory”, relating to a love for cinema that goes on forever. Upon entering Propositions for a Stage: 24 Frames of a Beautiful Heaven, the visitor encountered the moving images of a ruined Chinese cinema in Malaysia, a meeting between a Russian cosmonaut and his seven-years dead wife from science fiction film Solaris, and wafting

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Book Review: I Want To Go Home by Wesley Aroozoo

Written by: Ynex Lee
26th October 2017
Category: Review

Written by Wesley Aroozoo, I Want To Go Home is a raw and honest recount of Takamatsu’s story through the eyes of individuals who live outside the sphere of disaster. After encountering Takamatsu’s story in a newspaper article, Aroozoo embarked on a search for the man himself. This led to e-mail exchanges which lasted a year, before Aroozo travelled to Onagawa, Japan to meet Takamatsu for the first time.

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