Gently Savage

Gently Savage

WHEN
14 December 2022 – 5 February 2023
VENUE
Art Porters Gallery, 64 Spottiswoode Park Road Singapore (S)088652 (go to Google maps)
OPENING HOURS
Tuesday to Sunday, 10:30am - 7pm
ADMISSION
Free Admission
WEBSITE
https://www.artporters.com

Gently Savage

'Gently Savage' (2022) by Yanyun Chen responds to the writings of French psychoanalyst and philosopher Anne Dufourmantelle, referencing her posthumous text, 'Power of Gentleness', where she praises the risks of living with, in, and through gentleness. She reminds us, “Gentleness is what turns traumatic intrusion into creation. It is what, during the haunted night, offers light; during mourning, a beloved face; during the collapse of exile, the promise of a shore on which to stand.” At the same time, there is an anguished form of “deadly gentleness”, where melancholia knots the body and gentleness consents to this complete disconnection, self-oblivion. It is here that Yanyun Chen draws from conflict in a gentle savagery, staging and twisting her floral motifs, object-nostalgia, and classical technique into a performance of melancholia. Living is risking, and the gently savage tumbles with the savaged gentleness.


Credits: Yanyun Chen, Risk: Disappearance, 2021. Image courtesy of artist.

Artists: Yanyun Chen

Official Opening

14 December 2022, 6pm - 8pm

Location: Art Porters Gallery

Artist Talk

7 January 2023, 4pm - 5pm

Location: Art Porters Gallery

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