Singirl: Let’s Gather – Amanda Heng in Conversation with Teng Yen Hui
Amanda Heng will discuss her live art practice, focusing on her ongoing research on the significance of rituals in everyday life as mediated by digital technology.
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.
Teng Yen Hui is Collections Manager and Assistant Curator at the Singapore Art Museum. She holds a BSc in Economics from the Singapore Management University and an MA in Asian Art Histories conferred by Goldsmiths, University of London (LASALLE), with a dissertation focused on queering perspectives in Singapore’s art history between the 1970s to 1990s. Since then, her research has expanded to consider translations of ‘queerness’ across languages and their impact on identity formations in their respective cultures.