A whole lot of marketing went into making a pretty air stewardess into one of Singapore’s most recognised icons. But how much does it take for mere mortals to become the ethereal Singapore Girl?
In this tongue-in-cheek interactive exhibition, audiences are put through trials of filtering hopefuls to the creme de la creme that will be shaped into SIA’s front ladies. Get grilled in the pageant-like interview process (below 158cm? You’re out!) and picked on mercilessly at the etiquette training session. They’re all just simulations of course, but survive it and you might just prove that you have what it takes to don on the body-hugging kebaya uniform. Or, walk away with a new perspective on the making of a brand.
Singapore Girl & the Chamber of Trials and Tribulations, The Substation Gallery
Before shuttering its doors for a major renovation, the Singapore Art Museum is putting up one last exhibition on its premises. Now in its seventh year running, the President’s Young Talents programme continues to mentor and commission contemporary artworks with five local artists aged 35 and below.
The exhibition sees works across various disciplines from painting to performance works. Among these are Soil Works, a five-part installation by visual artist Debbie Ding investigating dirt excavated from expressways, bridges and car parks; and painter Hilmi Johandi’s An Exposition, a mixed media installation of sculpture, video and painted vinyls telling the stories of Singapore’s defunct amusement parks New World, Great World and Gay World.
President’s Young Talents 2018 Exhibition, SAM @ 8Q
Los Angeles-based painter and sculptor Aaron Curry makes his solo Southeast Asia debut at STPI Gallery with a series of collage works and paper sculptures.
Curry’s works challenge the boundaries between mediums and art-style. His large scale sculptures are now reduced to two-dimensional pieces, embodying artistic cues from various art movements as Cubism, Surrealism and Pop Art
Aaron Curry: Fragments from a Collective Unity, Singapore Tyler Print Institute
This year, National Art Gallery’s annual film festival focuses on the importance of art in the lives of people around the world. Over 30 films are featured here -- a selection of feature-length and short films -- some of which are making their premieres here.
Films presented address the behind the scenes of art-making, the impact of art in social issues, documenting change and reflections of Southeast Asia. Opening the festival is local visual artist John Clang’s Their Remaining Journey -- a black-and-white film on reconciliation with loneliness and loss.
Painting with Light: Festival of International Films on Art, National Art Gallery
Commemorating the fifth anniversary of the passing of late Singaporean artist, Teng Nee Cheong, The Private Museum presents a series of his charcoal works from 1970s to 2000s.
Teng is best known for his vibrant oil and pastel paintings, and his charcoal works are often left out of the limelight. But these pieces -- sketches of life models -- are far from hasty studies of nudes. The works here are bold and expressive, showcasing Teng’s flexibility in his artistry and a more intimate approach to the human body.