Mystical and Magical Biennale

November 11th, 2006   •   2 comments   

Went on a recent tour of 3 Singapore Biennale sites with a couple of board members – Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, Sri Krishnan Temple and City Hall. It was quite inspirational and magical. Here are some highlights.

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Our intrepid guide Yishan explaining Tsai Charwei’s work Lotus Mantra, which is inscribed on the lotus leaves.

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Devotees thronging the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple.

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N. S. Harsha’s work Cosmic Orphans, a breathtaking piece on the roof of the Sri Krishnan Temple.

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Yayoi Kusama’s Ladder to Heaven, an intriguing piece which seems to extend to eternity.

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At CityHall, Nuha Asad from the U.A.E. shows that we are all more similar than different in Multi Culturalism.

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See I told you so!

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Drik Picture Library Ltd., an activistic outfit from Bangladesh, documents social injustice in Belief, and practices: Justice for Noorjahan.

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An interesting twist on what goes on behind the minds of judges at their seats. Whisky anyone?

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In secret, interiors: chrysalis (19-22) installation artist Donna Ong shows dolls, deformed fetuses and herbal concoctions in glass jars filled with tubes. A statement on Singapore’s low fertility rate perhaps?

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YKON’s work M8-Summit of Micronations, Singapore depicts how small, tiny red dots can have a ball of a time.

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Innovation born of desperation? Julio Cesar Morales’ work Undocumented Interventions captures the sordid reality of Mexican illegal immigrants to US.

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Lights, cameras, evangelism! Jonathan Allen’s Tommy Angel shows a gospel magician in action.

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Next two pieces by Sheba Chhachhi from Ethiopia creates a cinematic labyrinth effect with light boxes and moving film. Truly light fantastique!

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Birds flying in a red apocalyptic landscape. Mesmerising! Incidentally her works are called Winged Pilgrims: A Chronicle from Asia

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Jane Alexander of South Africa’s Verity, Faith and Justice juxtaposes animal and human features in a courtroom drama. Truth or dare anyone?

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The Radiance of Faith trio being handcuffed and blindfolded for their trespasses.

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Finally, Amanda Heng telling everybody why we should go on a holiday to see lost Singaporean artefacts overseas.

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Another shot of Amanda’s work Worthy Tour Co (S) Pte Ltd. I hear that response to this special holiday package hasn’t exactly been overwhelming.

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2 comments

  1. posted on Nov 11, 2006 at 9:31 AM

    Hey thanks for this, Walter. I didn’t have this strong urge to attend the events so I’m glad to read it from your posting.

  2. posted on Nov 12, 2006 at 2:47 AM

    Thanks for the comment Ivan. This is my first such “feature length” picture post. I now realise how much work it requires and it amazes me how xiaxue and kennysia do theirs so regularly.

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