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Committed to supporting artists, curators, and researchers by offering them time and space to pursue their research without the pressure of deadlines and production commitments, the Residencies Programme values the open-ended nature of artistic research and embraces multiform expressions of creative enquiry. Aiming to facilitate the production of knowledge, this studio-based programme is dedicated to established and emerging artists and serves as platform for critical exchange in Southeast Asia. The Residencies Programme offers a wide spectrum of programmes aimed at sharing the process of artistic research with the public - Residencies OPEN / Studio Sessions / Insights, which range from open studios, artists’ talks, conversations, performances, and screenings. The Residencies Programme unfolds through annual cycles and runs by nomination only. Every year, a rotating pool of curators and arts professionals from all over the world is invited to nominate two artists for the residency. The nominated artists are subsequently invited to submit a research proposal along with their portfolio and CV. Ultimately, the Residencies Committee, an international panel of experts, reviews the submitted materials and designates the artists who are awarded the residency.

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Wei Leng Tay

Residency period

3 April  – 27 September 2019

About

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.

Focus

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.

Residencies brochure (July – September 2019)
Residencies brochure (April – June 2019)

Public programmes

Residencies Studio Sessions: Seeing Another: Working With and Through Representation, Artist-in-Residence Wei Leng Tay (Singapore) in conversation with Dr Fang Tze Hsu (Taiwan/Singapore)
10 Sep 2019, Tue 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

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In this conversation, Wei Leng Tay and Dr Fang Tze Hsu will discuss how they think about and work with representation in their respective practice. Wei Leng will touch upon past works, such as you think it over slowly, slowly choose… (2018) and The first chapter it begins with the horses (2017-18), and the new works she is developing during the residency, while Fang Tze will expand upon her ongoing research on Taiwanese photo and video artist Kao Chung-li and Okinawan photographer Toyomitsu Higa. Intertwining the points of view of an artist and a researcher/curator, they will challenge each other to reflect upon issues of representation and the subjective entanglements embedded in the process of image-making. 

The talk will take place in the artist’s studio.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Informed by close interactions with people, the artistic projects of Wei Leng Tay (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.

Dr Fang Tze Hsu (Singapore) holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the National University of Singapore and an MA in Curatorial Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently Curator at NUS Museum, Singapore. Her dissertation research, Cold War Acousmêtre: Artist Films and the First Island Chain, was supported by the President’s Graduate Fellowship and the FASS Promising Graduate Scholar Award. Previously, she worked as digital manager at Asia Art Archive (Hong Kong) and as curator at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. In 2016, she co-curated Negative Horizon: 5th Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition, Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei (Taiwan).

 

Image caption: Video still from And this is the lady and her pond, 3-channel projection, 6-channel sound, found objects of varying dimensions, 15 min, 2015-2018. Courtesy the artist.

Residencies OPEN (in conjunction with Art After Dark)
20 Sep 2019, Fri 07:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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Residencies OPEN offers a rare insight into the often-introverted sphere of the artist studios. Through showcasing discussions, performances, installations, and works-in-progress, Residencies OPEN profiles the diversity of contemporary art practice from around the globe and the divergent ways artists conceive an artwork with the studio as a constant space for experimentation and research.

Featuring Artists-in-Residence: Irene Agrivina (Indonesia), Chang Wen-Hsuan (Taiwan), Anthony Nsofor (Nigeria), Bridget Reweti (Aotearoa New Zealand), Tan Kai Syng (Singapore/United Kingdom), Wei Leng Tay (Singapore), Zarina Muhammad (Singapore).

 

Image: Studio of Zarina Muhammad, Residencies OPEN, 29 June 2019. Courtesy NTU CCA Singapore.