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Still Building: Contemporary Art from Singapore

Still Building: Contemporary Art from Singapore


Still Building: Contemporary Art from Singapore

Publisher • Selasar Sunaryo Art Space and Willie Fine Art
Year • 2012
Pages • 66

The exhibition takes its title from a much-acclaimed play by the Singapore playwright Haresh Sharma of the same name. In it, Sharma writes of Singapore as ‘a dangerously peaceful country’, a country that touts the ways its highly engineered development takes place through ordered urbanisation and rapid capital accumulation. Yet the seeds of this peace have germinated other, more painful affects, its urbanisation and ostentatious prosperity creating fatalism, resentment and melancholy in their wake.

Through the works of twenty artists, Still Building suggests that this island country remains a knotty conundrum. For all its slick sophistication, the city remains in many ways a place and a culture that is under construction. While the official state narrative of how the country is shaped remains a pervasive influence, these artists have shown how urbanity is lived differently, that the social life of the city takes flight on paths the country cannot plan for.

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