For the House; Against the House: Life Imitates Art

For the House; Against the House: Life Imitates Art

WHEN
14 – 23 January 2022
VENUE
Gillman Barracks 9 Lock Road #03-22 (go to Google maps)
OPENING HOURS
Tue - Sun : 11 AM - 7 PM
Fri : 11AM - 9 PM
Closed on Mondays
ADMISSION
Free Admission
WEBSITE
https://ohopenhouse.org/

For the House; Against the House: Life Imitates Art

"Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life" — Oscar Wilde, The Decay of Lying (1889)

In the year 1959, Singapore had just gained full internal self-governance, leading to the establishment of the Ministry of Culture to focus on the “creation of a sense of national identity”.
How far have we come in achieving this goal today?

The common refrain art imitates life bears serious implications for the use of art in nation-building. If such a statement holds true, art would simply reflect the non-presence of a Singaporean identity. Art must introduce something into the realm of everyday life, one that is not already present in lived experiences, so as to effect a change. For art to have any impact on life itself, life must necessarily imitate art.

For the House; Against the House looks at the evolution of Singapore's arts and cultural landscape through a unique debate format where art illustrates the arguments. Let curator John Tung take you through the propositions and oppositions as artworks from private collections and new commissions chart the path towards a "cultural renaissance". You get the final vote on the role art has had to play in shaping our national identity today.

Free Admission via Registration
foragainstthehouse2022.eventbrite.sg

List of Artists: Jimmy Ong (SG), Agan Harahap (ID), Anthony Chin (SG), Fyerool Darma (SG), Kentaro Hiroki (JP/TH), Dennis Tan (SG), Nila Choo (SG), Dusadee Huntrakul (TH) 

From Collections: Chen Wei Hsi (SG), Chuah Thean Teng (MY), Tew Nai Yong (MY), Ian Woo (SG), Eddy Susanto (ID), Kanchana Gupta (IN/SG), Yee I-Lann (MY), Lavander Chang (TW/SG)   

Exhibition Advisory 16 (Some Nudity)

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Art Fairs & Galleries
The Columns Gallery, 22 Lock Road Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108939 #01-35
13 January – 26 February 2022
Kim Tae-Ho's second exhibition in Singapore presenting his most recent series of works, Internal Rhythm.
Gillman Barracks, 5 Lock Road, #01-06, Singapore 108933
14 – 23 January 2022
Ivan David Ng unveils a solo exhibition that reflects our restless nature as human beings, situated in a place between where we are and where we want to be.
Exhibitions
7 Lock Road, Gillman Barracks
14 January – 14 February 2022
The Forest Institute is a large-scale architectural art installation devoted to research on the secondary forest surrounding the Gillman Barracks precinct. The Forest Institute is conceptualised by Robert Zhao & Randy Chan, and curated by John Tung.
Gillman Barracks, Block 47 Malan Rd, Singapore 109444 & Streaming Live via SAW Digital
22 January 2022
Why have artists become increasingly drawn to creating collectives What does working in a group offer to its members, and how is an artist collective’s success measured by themselves and others? We consider how these teams gain strength in numbers and work towards common goals.