Singapore Biennale 2019: Every Step In The Right Direction
Singapore Biennale 2019: Every Step In The Right Direction opens in Multiple Sites in Singapore.
At the National Gallery Singapore , 36 artists and collectives engage viewers with unexpected ways of experiencing everyday life and the ecology around us. Renewing our awareness and attentiveness to traditions, customs and craft which have shaped the past and steer a possible future, the works include a co-commissioned work with QAGOMA and APT9 by Boedi Widjaja that reflects on the complexities of migration, diaspora, and hybridity; Zakkubalan
The Biennale works in Gillman Barracks, 22 artists and collectives invite the audience to sensitively examine the rapid changes in today’s environment, revisiting both the history of nature and the nature of history as a complex, vulnerable and enduring ecology. A whimsical play of chance and improvisation, Nabilah Nordin’s An Obstacle in Every Direction, she invites the visitor to enter an obstacle course made up of assemblages of found objects; through assemblages of commonplace objects, Khairullah Rahimlooks at a range of public and private spaces and explores their adaptability, dual natures and symbolic connotations; Korakrit Arunanondchai’s SB2019 commission reflects on the contemporary age of rapid technological advancement and simultaneous technological obsolescence.
At LASALLE College of the Arts, the public is encouraged to intervene, participate and engage with works by 13 artists and collectives across a range of modes; including the archive, textbook, art history, and lectures, among others. The Mamitua Saber Projectcelebrates the artistic custodianship of the late scholar, cultural worker and educator, who worked to preserve and cultivate the culture of the Moro people in Mindanao; three artistic projects by Bakudapan Food Study Group, •• PROPAGANDA DEPARTMENT and Mark Sanchez are commissioned to draw on, deepen and experiment with Saber’s ideas and practice.
The works featured at the Asian Civilisations Museum confront and reconsider the ideas and values that have come to embody “Asian” identity and the aspiration that is “civilisation” in an increasingly porous and nuanced world. Lawrence Lek’s SB2019 commission functions as a model for post-human behavioural patterns, combining the familiarity of a place some call home with an unknown future in a virtual para-fiction. In an installation combining live performances, videos, set design, and painting, Jen Liu considers the value and nature of gold’s seduction as a vector to discuss the intersections of labour activism and genetic engineering, commodification. Okui Lala unpacks the complexity of inter-generational and multilingual conditions through the history and development of language policy planning in Malaysia in a compressed snapshot of its socio-cultural reality.