Crossings: A solo exhibition by Wei Leng Tay

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NUS Museum

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  • Starts on 9 Mar 2018
  • Ends on 30 Nov 2018
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Ongoing iteration: 30 Apr - 2 May
The second iteration presents the work The first chapter it starts with the horses (2017-2018). This work asks how the human voice, through repetitive utterances, can invoke an intimacy in items and objects subjected to the mechanisms of trade. In addition, working through the proposition of the voice as image, The first chapter it starts with the horses continues the exhibition’s interrogation of the image and voice as document to elaborate ideas of agency, relationships and nation implicit to moving between places of home. During the opening, recitations based on interviews conducted by Tay during her research process will take place, bridging the formal considerations of the first iteration with subsequent parts of the exhibition.

The recitations at the opening were performed in collaboration with Debbie Cai, Loo Zhi-En, Sohaib Nashit and Pey Chuan Tan.

Iteration 1: 8 Mar - 29 Apr
Crossings, an exhibition of photography, installation and video, takes as a departure point ideas of diaspora and identity that emerged in Wei Leng Tay's previous exhibition Discordant Symmetries (2010) in NUS Baba House. This is a four-part exhibition of Tay’s research from 2014-2018 that spans stories of lived and inherited migration of individuals from different generations and backgrounds in Pakistan, Hong Kong and Singapore. Through a process that begins with interviews and continues with a formal interrogation of the image and voice as document, ideas of agency, relationships and nation implicit to moving between places of home are elaborated. The first iteration comprises a photographic work "you think it over slowly, slowly choose ...“ (2018), which questions immobility imposed through nation formation and a projection installation And this is the lady and her pond (2015-2018) that juxtaposes stories of an imagined homeland, lived trauma and family lore.

About the artist
Wei Leng Tay is an artist working with mediums including photography, audio, and installation. Her process begins with conversations and interactions with people she meets, which inform the forms the projects take. Her practice draws links between how desires, personal relationships and histories are tied to family, society and the state.

Tay has exhibited at institutions like ARTER Space for Art, Istanbul, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, and the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, and participated in group exhibitions such as the Asian Art Biennale, Taiwan, and Daegu Photo Biennale, South Korea. Her works are in the permanent collections of the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, NUS Museum, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, and the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan.

Image: Wei Leng Tay. "you think it over slowly, slowly choose..." (2018), inkjet on tissue.

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