In this conversation, Wei Leng Tay and Dr Fang Tze Hsu will discuss how they think about and work with representation in their respective practice. Wei Leng will touch upon past works, such as you think it over slowly, slowly choose… (2018) and The first chapter it begins with the horses (2017-18), and the new works she is developing during the residency, while Fang Tze will expand upon her ongoing research on Taiwanese photo and video artist Kao Chung-li and Okinawan photographer Toyomitsu Higa. Intertwining the points of view of an artist and a researcher/curator, they will challenge each other to reflect upon issues of representation and the subjective entanglements embedded in the process of image-making.
The talk will take place in the artist’s studio.
Informed by close interactions with people, the artistic projects of Wei Leng Tay (Singapore) address the significance of personal relationships, family histories, societal structures, national narratives, and patterns of migration questioning ingrained modes of perception and representation. Often using a mediated documentary approach to image-making, Tay’s intimate works explore intergenerational dialogues as well as the affective and political impact of displacement upon one’s cultural identity. Crossings, her most recent solo exhibition articulated in four parts, took place at NUS Museum, Singapore (2018-19). She has participated in numerous international group exhibitions.
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 Curator at NUS Museum, Singapore. 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. Previously, she worked as digital manager at Asia Art Archive (Hong Kong) and as curator at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. In 2016, she co-curated Negative Horizon: 5th Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition, Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei (Taiwan).
Image caption: Video still from And this is the lady and her pond, 3-channel projection, 6-channel sound, found objects of varying dimensions, 15 min, 2015-2018. Courtesy the artist.