09 Oct '11, 9pm

SAM retrospective shows how artist Amanda Heng has mellowed from angry to "aunty"

For a brief moment, the angels descended upon the Singapore Art Museum at 8Q. Last Thursday, 10 volunteers - dressed in white and wearing wings - proceeded to lead blindfolded guests around the museum, describing in detail each artwork they encountered. Ten Angels was an appropriate performance to kick off Amanda Heng's first ever solo show Speak To Me, Walk With Me. Not because it literally echoes the show's title, but because of what the act - conceived by Singaporean artist herself - implied. Basically, you had someone going through an exhibition blindly, constructing each artwork in his head with only the words of his or her "angel" to rely on. It's not just a commentary on the relationship among artwork, viewer and curators in an exhibition setting; more importantly, it speaks indirectly about the where an artist like Heng stands in the local art world. There have bee...

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