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Artist Resource Platform: activate! II with Selene Yap (Singapore), Programme Manager, Visual Arts, The Substation

27 May 2016, Fri 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Artist Resource Platform: activate! II features Selene Yap, Programme Manager for Visual Arts at The Substation. Yap will engage with artist Susie Wong to foreground her artistic practice and position in the local art scene. Wong’s practice has been described as autobiographical, and the self-determined nature of her works calls into question contingencies of operating systems in the state of artistic production in Singapore – what are the implications for what is made visible and valued? In this session, Yap will converse with artist Loo Zihan on the nature of archives as cultural tools that enable/disable or include/exclude by means of collection and documentation – what are the traditional positions and normalising effects of the power of collection and display?

BIOGRAPHY
Selene Yap is a Programme Manager for Visual Arts at The Substation. From 2014 to 2015, she was a member of Curating Lab, a curatorial mentorship programme by National University of Singapore (NUS) Museum. Yap’s previous projects include Objects in the Mirror Are Closer than They Appear (2015), a site-specific exploration on the experience of space and material in Singapore's Dakota Crescent estate. Her interest in discursive engagements on the politics of urban space and culture is a development from her studies in NUS where she read Sociology and Southeast Asian Studies. Image credit: Susie Wong, image of selected pages from (her) Book of Solitude (2014). Courtesy of Selene Yap.