This intricate and vivid illustration of Singapore’s landscape is peppered with references to pop culture and childhood memories recalled by the artist, but which are also familiar to many who grew up in or have lived on this island. It brings both children and adults together beyond the boundaries of time into a collective space where memories can be shared and people can be seen as they imagine themselves to be.

Watching his niece and nephew role-play with their toys, the artist recalls the innocence and dreams of his childhood where for both the artist and his sister, any place could be their playground. Even as childhood has since given way to the responsibilities of adulthood, he finds himself drawn back to these memories.

Visitors are invited to share personal stories in the drawing room, and in contributing to the artwork, mark their own place in this maze of collective memories and shared heritage.


  • Title: In Our Time
  • Creator: Lee Xin Li
  • Date Created: 2018
  • Physical Dimensions: Dimensions variable
  • Provenance: Collection of the Artist, Singapore Art Museum commission, The artist’s participation is supported by DP Architects
  • Medium: Site-specific installation Vinyl print, fabric, bean bags (in collaboration with doob Bean Bags)

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