Paradise – Chua Chye Teck in Conversation with Cheng Jia Yun
This talk will focus on Chua Chye Teck’s two bodies of work – Nothing and Paradise, tracing his photographic and sculptural practice through the gestures of collection and dispersal.
The talk will be moderated by co-curator Cheng Jia Yun and followed by a Q&A with the audience.
Chua Chye Teck employs both photography and sculpture to execute his ideas. He draws inspiration from things in the environment that catch his eye, transforming them from their original state to take on a different context as works of art. Chye Teck’s philosophy is in re-presenting them, offering a fresh way of looking at something we may already know. He recently launched his book “Beyond Wilderness”, produced as a grant recipient of the National Arts Council’s Creation Fund. Chye Teck has a BA in sculpture from RMIT and his works are collected or commissioned by public institutions and local museums.
Cheng Jia Yun is Assistant Curator at the National Gallery Singapore, where she researches post-war art of Southeast Asia with a focus on Singapore and Thailand. Recent projects include Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s-1990s (2018-9), Suddenly Turning Visible: Art and Architecture in Southeast Asia 1969-89 (2019-20) and Fú Chá, a Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission with Cao Fei (2020). She has worked with artists to query alternative modes of exhibition-making with opening day (2017-18) and browsing copy (2019).