1 March – 30 June 2017
Singaporean visual artist Geraldine Kang (b. 1988) uses photography as a means of introspection and as a tool to negotiate identities within physical and psychological spaces. Combining photography with objects she creates installations that address a range of topics from family, community, and mental illness to site-explorations of the undercurrents and ambivalences of familiar places. Kang holds a Bachelor of Fine Art in Photography and Digital Imaging from Nanyang Technological University and has exhibited her work both locally and internationally with solo exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore and NTU CCA Singapore. She participated to group shows at the ifa Gallery in Berlin and Stuttgart, and ONESITE Art Festival in Taiwan. She was awarded the 2011 Kwek Leng Joo Prize of Excellence in Still Photography and participated to photography platforms such as Kuala Lumpur International Photo Awards, Photographer’s Forum, Px3 and the Asian Women Photographers’ Showcase. She is also the editor of Left to Right, an anthology of image-making in Singapore.
Looking at the overlooked is the core of Geraldine Kang’s projects. She intends to use her residency as an incubatory period to think about the role of waste and its management in the context of urban living, a subject matter that is often regarded as invisible in Singapore. Throughout this project, she will focus on labour issues and investigate theoretical approaches towards the act and the politics of cleaning. Kang will reflect on alternative possibilities to the aesthetisation of waste in order to create cross-disciplinary dialogues that can lead to concrete action.
Residencies OPEN offers a rare insight into the often introverted spaces of the artists’ studios. Through showcasing discussions, performances, research, and works-in-progress, Residencies OPEN profiles the diversity of contemporary art practice and the divergent ways artists conceive artwork with the studio as a constant space for experimentation and research.
This edition of Residencies OPEN takes place on the occasion of Singapore Art Book Fair 2017, and features Chris Chong Chan Fui (Malaysia), Choy Ka Fai (Singapore), Lucy Davis (Uganda/France), Hu Yun (China), Geraldine Kang (Singapore), Souliya Phoumivong (Laos), and Matthias Sohr (Germany/Switzerland).
Lately, the work of Geraldine Kang has been revolving around issues related to the livelihood, social status, and representation of male migrant workers in Singapore, more specifically those employed as conservancy cleaners, and those on Special Pass. Focusing her research on the labour force and personal narratives that lie behind the ever-changing Singaporean cityscape, the artist finds herself negotiating a complex set of challenges about communication, trust, and the ethical tensions embedded in the production of visibility. In the talk, Kang will discuss her projects and reflect upon her approach to photography as a tool to question identities and problematise our relationship to certain subjects.