"Minority Identities" Tour & Panel Talk "Minority Identities" Tour & Panel Talk

"Minority Identities" Tour & Panel Talk


  • FRI, 31 AUG '18

  • Basement Galleries, National Museum of Singapore

  • Tour: 6.30PM - 7PMTalk: 7PM - 8.30PM

  • Free admission

In an increasingly globalised world fraught with issues of minority representation and its social complexities, how do artists engage with such themes in their work?

Join SAM curator Louis Ho as he discusses the aesthetic and conceptual ways that minority identity is expressed in contemporary art at the Signature Art Prize 2018 exhibition.

Works that will be covered on this tour include those by the New Zealand collective, Mata Aho, which is evocative of the members’ Maori heritage; by the Filipino-Australian duo, Club Ate, highlighting their queer and biracial orientations; and Japanese artist, Yuichiro Tamura, which explores the idea of bodybuilding and the image of the ideal male body, based on the life of writer Yukio Mishima.

The tour will end with a panel discussion with distinguished speakers, who will expand on themes related to minority identities, as explored through the Signature Art Prize 2018 artworks.

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panel of speakers

Sheena Kanwar is the Executive Director of Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME), a Singapore-based charity organisation dedicated to empowering and supporting migrant workers who find themselves victims of human rights violations and suffer abuse and exploitation. She is also currently the consultant to United Nations Women, Asia Pacific.


Eugene Tan also famously known as a drag queen, Becca D'Bus. Becca works in performance, garments and activism. She is the producer and host of RIOT! Hosted by Becca D'Bus, and The Glory Hoes present. Currently resident at LuLu's Lounge on Wednesdays and Saturdays, she's also been seen on the stages of the Singapore International Festival of Arts, Night Festival, Singapore Theatre Festival, Neon Lights Festival, TheatreWorks, Teater Ekamatra, NUS Centre for the Arts and a back alley or two. She is passionate about queer liberation, clothes and drag.