/ Exhibition Opening
20 April 2016, 7 – 9pm
20 April to 1 May 2016,
12 – 8pm (daily),
The Substation Gallery, 45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936
/ Artist Talk: Conversations with the Self
1 May 2016, Sunday, 3 – 4.30pm, The Substation Gallery
/ If Home was a word for Illusion is a group exhibition comprising new works by Charmaine Poh, Lim Jia Ning Michelle, Moses Tan and Willis Turner Henry. Through human-centred narratives, the artists examine everyday anxieties that follow life in contemporary society. Addressing both the mental and physical responses that accompany these tensions, the works, while deeply personal, gather a constellation of voices beyond the artists’ own.
The title, If Home was a word for Illusion, questions comfort and familiarity – could what we hold closest to us be but a mirage?
/ The artists presented in this exhibition are recipients of the Noise Singapore Prize 2014, under The Apprenticeship Programme (TAP), organised by the National Arts Council. In addition, this project would not have been realised without the generous support of Grenadier Press, RJ Paper and Asahi.
Curated by Syaheedah Iskandar
Room is a series of photographs exploring the transition from girlhood to womanhood in Singapore. Using the tradition of documentary storytelling, the portraits were created to gather a collection of voices of various women, each with their own narrative to share.
Through the photographic process, these women re-encountered their years of adolescence, a time that is unapologetically raw and volatile. The accompanying self-portraits offer a glimpse into the different permutations that attach themselves to one’s gender. The work confronts personal history and its bearing on individuals in society. It is about a place of questioning and dissonance, and the tensions that arise from navigating a nebulous and amorphous identity. It is as much a story to others as it is to the self.