Wei Leng Tay —Residencies |  NTU CCA Singapore
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The NTU CCA Singapore Residencies programme is an integral part of the NTU CCA Singapore’s mission as a research centre and hosts artists, curators, critics and scholars from Singapore and abroad. The studio-based Residencies programme is dedicated to facilitating the production of knowledge and research for and by established and emerging artists. It serves as a forum for cultural and artistic exchange in Southeast Asia, augmented with public events Residencies: Insights / Studio Sessions / OPEN series, ranging from open studio sessions, lectures, live performances, to special projects in The Lab, NTU CCA Singapore’s space for curatorial experimentation. The application for residency at NTU CCA Singapore is via nomination, please email NTUCCAresidencies@ntu.edu.sg for more information.


Wei Leng Tay

Residency period

3 April  – 27 September 2019


Informed by close interactions with people, the artistic projects of Wei Leng Tay (b. 1978, Singapore) address the significance of personal relationships, family histories, societal structures, national narratives, and patterns of migration questioning ingrained modes of perception and representation. Often using a mediated documentary approach to image-making, Tay’s intimate works explore intergenerational dialogues as well as the affective and political impact of displacement upon one’s cultural identity. Crossings, her most recent solo exhibition articulated in four parts, took place at NUS Museum, Singapore (2018-19). She has participated in numerous international group exhibitions.


The practice of Wei Leng Tay probes the psychic, systemic, and geopolitical consequences of displacement through personal encounters and intimate conversations captured in photography, videos, and sound recordings. Having lived in Hong Kong for the past 15 years before moving back to Singapore in 2016, Tay plans to devote the time of the residency to re-rooting her artistic practice and transposing Sightlines—a collaborative project initiated with researcher Michelle Wong to explore the relationship of art, aesthetics, society, and politics in Hong Kong in the aftermath of the 2014 Umbrella Movement—in the context of her home country. Furthermore, she will initiate a long-term project which extends her preoccupations with forced movements and migrations by addressing notions of “return” through a series of interviews. The studio space will be used to experiment with materials, techniques, and installations to articulate new ways to present her work.