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Residencies Studio Sessions: Exploring ‘Sisterhood’: How Can We Imagine A Better Way Forward?

26 Sep 2019, Thu 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Block 37 Malan Road, #01-03

A panel discussion with Dr Tan Kai Syng (Singapore), Artist-in-Residence, Amanda Heng (Singapore), artist, and Véronique Sapin (France/Singapore), curator. 
Respondents: Professor CJ Wan-Ling Wee (Singapore), School of Humanities, NTU and Dr Fang Tze Hsu (Taiwan/Singapore), curator, NUS Museum, introduced by Dr Anna Lovecchio, curator, NTU CCA Singapore.

How have notions and practices of sisterhood evolved over the last four decades? Is it possible to co-create a vision for the future in dialogue with each other? For the second part of her residency, Dr Tan Kai Syng picks up from when she last collaborated with pioneering feminist artist Amanda Heng and Singapore-based arts professional Véronique Sapin to trigger a collective reflection upon gender and social change in the arts in today’s Singapore and beyond.  Through the lens of their artworks and projects, the speakers and respondents will address the problematic notion of ‘sisterhood’ and its relevance for envisioning a different future.

This session will take place in the artist’s studio.



The artistic practice of Amanda Heng (Singapore) dates back to the late 1980s, a pivotal moment for contemporary art in Singapore, when she began to experiment with performance, installation, and multi-disciplinary projects. Her work addresses the clash of Eastern and Western values, traditions, identity politics, and gender roles in the context of the multicultural and fast-changing society of Singapore. Recently, she is focusing on issues of history, memory, communication, and human relationships under the Information Age and within the context of rapid urbanisation. Heng is one of the founding members of the collective The Artists Village and WITAS (Women in the Arts, Singapore). She has participated in numerous international exhibitions and was the recipient of the Cultural Medallion award in 2010.

Dr Tan Kai Syng (Singapore/United Kingdom) is an artist, curator, and academic. She uses art as a process of interrogation and intervention to energise existing dialogues and instigate conversations across disciplinary, cultural, and geopolitical boundaries. Tan’s work has been exhibited at South London Gallery and Southbank Centre, London (both 2018); Guangzhou Triennale, China (2008); Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2006), Singapore Art Museum (2008, 2003). In 2007, she received the National Arts Council Young Artist Award. She holds a PhD from the Slade School of Fine Art and is currently Senior Lecturer at Manchester School of Art, and Artist-in-Residence at King’s College London.

Véronique Sapin (France/Singapore) is an artist and independent curator. She graduated in History from Paul Valéry University, Montpellier), Art History from Charles de Gaulle University, Lille, Communication from Panthéon-Assas University, Paris. She is the co-founder of Femlink-Art, an international collective which creates “video-compositions” around selected topics. Since 2005, 11 video-compositions of FemLink-Art have been shown at 156 art centres, museums, galleries and festivals in 43 countries. They include: Dak’Art Biennale, Senegal (2018); Centre Parobrod, Serbia, (2018); Galway Arts Centre, Ireland (2018); Medrar for Contemporary Art, Egypt (2017); Aknoon Art Gallery, Iran (2017); Circulo de Arte, Spain (2017); VIS A VIS Muestra Internacional de Videoarte, Colombia (2017); Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Canada (2016); Tengri Umai Art-Gallery, Kazakhstan (2016) and “Kaunas in Art”, Lithuania (2016). 


Dr Fang Tze Hsu (Singapore) holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the National University of Singapore and an MA in curatorial studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently a Curator in the National University of Singapore Museum. Her dissertation research, Cold War Acousmêtre: Artist Films and the First Island Chain, was supported by the President’s Graduate Fellowship and the FASS Promising Graduate Scholar Award. She was the digital manager for the Asia Art Archive and was appointed as a curator for the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in 2013. In 2016, she co-curated Negative Horizon: 5th Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition.

CJ. Wan-Ling Wee (Singapore) is Professor of English at the Nanyang Technological University. He has held Visiting Fellowships at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi, India, and the Society for the Humanities, Cornell University, Ithaca, United States among other institutions. Wee is the author of The Asian Modern: Culture, Capitalist Development, Singapore (2007), and the editor of The Complete Works of Kuo Pao Kun, vol. 4: Plays in English (2012). His recent research interests are: the formation of contemporary art practices in theatre, visual arts, and literature; curatorial practices in showcasing modern and contemporary Asian art in the region; and the circulation of popular culture in the larger East Asian region.


Image: Detail from I Run and Run, Let out An Earth Shattering Roar, and Turn Into A Giant Octopussy, Tan Kai Syng, 2018, part of art-science project #MagicCarpet. Photograph by Alex Lloyd.