"mʌlti is an exhibition featuring the artists Christopherson Ho (Singapore), Jamie Tan (Singapore), Kyung Sun Jun (Korea), Lam Yau Sum (Hong Kong/China), Lijie Ong (Singapore), Martha Chaudhry (U.S.A/Singapore), Nandita Mukand (India/Singapore), and Wei Li Leow (Singapore). The works presented traverse a multitude of media, exploring the reciprocal relationship between content and form. Medium functions to transpose ephemeral thought into corporeal vessels, giving expression tangibility. Yet its purpose is far more than auxiliary; each material has a signature of its own and dictates content as much as it is dictated by content. Whatever their medium of choice, each artist’s practice is underscored by the same desire for self-expression. The works in this exhibition have been crafted in a plethora of mediums, both traditional and contemporary; juxtaposed so, a conversation between the materiality of each medium is sparked."
Honored to be a part of The Visual Arts Development Association of Singapore (VADA) inaugural exhibition of UNTAPPED EMERGING. The exhibition featured 9 up-and-coming, Singapore-based artists, hand-picked by the UNTAPPED Advisory Committee consisting of Boo Sze Yang, Martin Constable, Adeline Kueh and Dr Bridget Tracy Tan. It was a pleasure to exhibit with Yanyun Chen, Prakash Haridas, Jodi Tan, Leonard Yang, Yeo Tze Yang, Tay Inning, Ryan Benjamin Lee, Danielle Tay.
Many thanks to the Patrons Ian Dunderdale, Angie Chan and Nick Davies, Terence C W Lim, Mr and Mrs Jimmy Phoon, Will Rathvon, SIO Tat Hiang.
A refurbished shophouse along Petain Road served as an apt site for the contemplation & interrogation of the nature of the past – more specifically, a wistful view of the past.
The rare chance to exhibit with 20 of Singapore's most exciting emerging voices in contemporary art within a single venue made this show one I will always remember with my own blend of nostalgia . From drawings to photography, installations to performance art, there was something to be discovered in every nook & corner.
Given the innate psychological need for stability, nostalgia offers an alluring coping mechanism in the face of ever-accelerating changes. The proliferation of nostalgia-oriented commercial enterprises as well as urgent questions about the past, our experience & relationship to it dominating Singapore's artistic discourse are but responses to this oft-overwhelming situation.
Repurposing Nostalgia was a showcase of various artistic strategies in co-opting or challenging the nostalgic phenomenon. This diversity also reflected on how the show grew from ground up, with friends roping in friends or acquaintances through face-to-face meetings, texts, emails & social media (this post is adapted from the exhibition text)
I exhibited the work "Connections" at this show
Nandita Mukand is a Singapore-based artist. Her work deals with the relationship with Nature and spirituality from within the contemporary urban context. She employs materiality to question the impact urban life has on our experience of time and the meaning we give to our own existence.