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)