The 'President’s Young Talents' exhibition (PYT), organised by the Singapore Art Museum (SAM), is the nation’s premier mentoring, commissioning and awards exposition. Into its seventh edition, PYT 2018 maintains its core focus as a platform that nurtures emerging artists aged 35 and below.
'The scars that write us' is dedicated to wounds, scars,markings, traumas of all kinds. It is an installation that speaks of the most personal of experiences that every person holds.
Through 'Soil Works', Ding considers the strategies of researching the physicality of soil in Singapore by highlighting both its perceptible and less perceivable qualities. In doing so, she destabilises the concept of the scientific laboratory by staging her own multi-station ‘testing’ gallery.
Visitors are welcomed to traverse a space marked out by components that together appear to resemble a deconstructed theatrical set. The installation is immersive whilst reminding the viewer of the void that exists within the theatricality of set designs and amusement parks. In a presentation of decontextualised signs and symbols, 'An Exposition' engages with the local history and collective memory of Singapore.
Shaped by the concept of the contingency plan,'sft crsh ctrl' by Weixin Quek Chong invites visitors to engage with a range of objects and series of material encounters that seem to evade traditional inquiry.The work unfolds, unfurls, suspends and drapes in ways that challenge the visitor’s understanding and expectation of materials. Its components evoke a sense of precarity and the notion of non-occurrence.It is an installation of ‘surfaces’ as explored through material form and transformation. 'sft crsh ctrl' guides the visitor towards sensations underlined by uncertainty, persuading a disengagement from the instinct to rationalise.
Historic and mythic, 'Pragmatic Prayers for the Kala at the Threshold' aims to, in the artist’s words, “disrupt and irrupt time and move beyond the single narrative of place”.
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