Join artist Amanda Heng as she discusses her live art practice, focusing on her ongoing research on the significance of rituals in everyday life as mediated by digital technology. This session will also be joined by curators Charmaine Toh, June Yap and Selene Yap.
Artist profile image courtesy of Singapore Art Museum.
Curator profile image courtesy of Ivan Tan.
Amanda Heng is one of Singapore’s pioneering contemporary artists who is well known locally and internationally for her collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to artmaking. Working across performance, installation, video and photography, Heng often involves audiences in works that focus on issues of collective memory, national identity, multiculturalism, and gender politics. Over a career spanning four decades, Heng has been a powerful force in the art scene, establishing and facilitating two local art collectives: The Artists Village in 1988 and Women in the Arts (WITA) in 1999. In recognition for her contributions to Singapore’s arts and cultural landscape, Heng was conferred the prestigious Cultural Medallion for Visual Arts in 2010. In 2020, Heng was awarded the 12th Benesse Prize from Japan. Heng lives and works in Singapore.
Dr. June Yap is Director of Curatorial, Collections and Programmes at the Singapore Art Museum, where she oversees content creation and museum programming. Her prior roles include Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator (South and Southeast Asia), Deputy Director and Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, and curator at the Singapore Art Museum. Amongst exhibitions she has curated are No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia as part of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, The Cloud of Unknowing at the 54th Venice Biennale with artist Ho Tzu Nyen, The Future of Exhibition: It Feels Like I’ve Been Here Before at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (Singapore), Paradise is Elsewhere at Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Germany), media art exhibitions Interrupt and Twilight Tomorrow at the Singapore Art Museum. She is the author of Retrospective: A Historiographical Aesthetic in Contemporary Singapore and Malaysia (2016).
Selene Yap is Assistant Curator at the Singapore Art Museum. Prior to SAM, she has held research positions at the Future Cities Laboratory and Singapore University of Technology and Design. She was also programme manager for visual arts at The Substation where she provided research and curatorial support for the exhibitions Each Blade of Grass (2016), Is That All There Is? (2016) and Discipline the City (2017). As an independent curator, she has co-curated the projects opening day (2017-2018), browsing copy (2019), and State of Motion 2020: Rushes of Time with the Asian Film Archive.
Charmaine Toh received her PhD from the University of Melbourne and is a curator at National Gallery Singapore. Her research primarily looks at modern and contemporary art in Southeast Asia, with a focus on photography. Recent exhibitions include Chua Soo Bin: Truths & Legends and Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia. Previously, Charmaine was the Programme Director at Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film.