31 Oct '17, 5am
Singapore Inside Out Sydney: Challenging Identity With Art
Yes, I think so. It probably comes down to the fact that Singapore is a very young and small nation-state, so it’s understandable that many of us seem to be – whether consciously or not – anxious about our so-called identity. Personally it’s something I think about, but it doesn’t necessarily come out in my work. I don’t think we should expect artists to make works about local identity or about where they live or where they come from. There are some Singaporeans who do it really well, like Charles Lim and Tan Pin Pin, who make art that has some kind of critical distance to their subject-matter, but it can also make for boring and reductive art that feels opportunistic or propagandistic.