Jul 24, 2014

singapore biennale 2013: if the world changed . part 2

by Khvay Samnang, Cambodia

Beginning in 2010, the artist was drawn to Phnom Penh's public lakes - vital urban hydraulic systems and vibrant residential areas that have become contested sites as the Cambodian government allows them to be filled with sand and offered for private sale. Reaching to this before it became global news, Khvay entered the lakes at different stages of their 'development' and poured a bucket of sand over his head. Untitled brings these succinct acts into wider view.

by Kumari Nahappan, Malaysia

Comprising more than 4000 kg of saga seeds collected from across Southeast Asia, Anahata is a site-specific installation located in the heart of the Singapore Art Museum. In Hindu cosmology, the word refers to the fourth and 'heart' chakra, meaning 'unstruck' or 'unhurt'. The idea of change is expressed here not as an active force or physical manifestation, but rather as sheer potential energy as embodied in the seed, which holds the life-force of an entire tree in its kernel. The work recalls the history of the site as a former Catholic boys' school, a place where knowledge and learning were planted. Pulsing with the energy of thousands of seeds, Anahata intimates that the greatest power is that of pure possibility.

by Ahmad Abu Bakar, Malaysia

This work Telok Blangah features a kolek Melaka (traditional fisherman's boat from Melaka) filled with thousand glass bottles inscribed with messages from male prison inmates in Singapore. These messages describe the inmates' hopes and aspirations while serving their sentences and upon their release.

Text courtesy of Biennale booklet.

backdated / Jan 18, 2014

Jul 23, 2014

singapore biennale 2013: if the world changed . part 1

If The World Changed, the title of the 4th Singapore Biennale which I dropped by last Jan, was an invitation to artists to respond to and reconsider the worlds we live in, and the worlds we want to live in.

The surge to read the Biennale booklet all over again, driven by Sam's blog that I seriously have to write more. That particular kind of appreciation for my everyday that I'd love to journal and share. And tonight, we will adore part of the beautiful artwork by various artists which were being captured during Biennale.

by Tisna Sanjaya, Indonesia

For Sanjaya, art gains its greatest intimacy through a direct connection with the life of the people and a fearless exposure of injustice. For this work, he has imagined an 'embassy' dedicated for the people of the world to gather and share their thoughts about the problems of today.

by Shieko Reto, Malaysia

Waiting Room echoes the many episodes of 'waiting' faced by transgender persons, such as waiting for a family's acceptance, for the legalisation of official personal documents, and for the confirmation of and acceptance into regular employment. The installation is constructed to mimic a typical clinic, presenting an all-too-familiar journey in the lives of transgender persons as they undergo various phases of constructive surgery, before what is considered the defining procedure: gender reassignment surgery.

by Nguyen Huy An, Vietnam

The deep black abyss of Chinese ink and its hypnotic scent immediately conjure notions of a literary history rich in tradition and culture. In The Great Puddle however, this rich and illustrious history is interrogated and the ink's reflective surface reveals as much as it obscures. Its opaque darkness also hints at hidden secrets lurking beyond the dark corners of the pool. The artwork is a commentary on the lingering scent of power and corruption, as metaphorically represented by the form of a bureaucrat's writing table. While the ink attempts to conceal the 'shadow' of dirty dealings. Its reflective surface ironically reflects reality and becomes, in and of itself, a permanent black shadow in which all forgotten events resurface.

Text courtesy of Biennale booklet.

backdated  / Jan 18, 2014

Jul 20, 2014

shop wonderland . haji lane

Met up with Sam, who will be back to Malaysia for goods really soon, at Shop Wonderland or The Pantry along the Haji Lane. Shop Wonderland is the retail arm of the Wonderland for Detailed Planners event agency which sells an artfully curated selection of homeware.

The Pantry, the store's first floor that consists of cafe counter and dining place.

Cozy corner next to cake display chiller. I just knew that their cakes are from Maple & Market, while the pastries are from Carpenter & Cook!

I am in awe of how the owner put these jellyfish lookalike hanging lamps together with the understated furniture and store layout.

My pick of Lychee Grape Mint Fizz that soothed my throat in the hot afternoon.

Sam's Flat White that she claimed is decent though the coffee art really gotta improve for a bit.

The special Earl Grey Lavender Cake which lavender had the stronger taste over earl grey in my opinion.

And the Dark Chocolate Molten Cake that caters well to our taste buds. I am a dark chocolate lover anyway.

Part of the merchandise for sale at the first floor.

Second floor of the Shop Wonderland.

I wish I am able to back with grabbing all of 'em! So beautiful.

A quote that caught my attention - sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together. Finger crossed.

Minimal floral cushion cover, something that I am really into.

My embellished sandals which Louise owns another pair in silver.

The studio section for conducting flower crafting workshops and classes.

Cozy little space that our Sunday afternoon well spent at.

Hopefully I will able to grab the seat overseeing Haji Lane for my next visit as I really love to observe gesture of the passers-by.

Good bye, Wonderland and we headed for a stroll before Sam joining her friends for dinner.

And my babe, Sam whom I will be meeting again really soon in early August.

Haji Lane, a culturally rich street that I often drop by for photo shoot and can't help falling in love.

37 Haji Lane Singapore 189230.

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