Esplanade’s Go-Between Exhibitions

Published on 10 August 2017

Credit: Esplanade – Theatres by the Bay

Esplanade’s Visual Arts programmes for the third-quarter of 2017 focus on the body as a way to understand identity, relationality, community and the self.

By MELANIE LEE

Esplanade’s visual art offerings are known for their contemporary dynamism, and their current ongoing exhibitions are no exception. Local and regional artists explore the concept that a body is a go-between that links different states of being in a constantly transforming world.

Abode of Dignity

Credit: Esplanade – Theatres by the Bay

Arin Rungjang (Thailand)
Jendela (Visual Arts Space)
Till 8 October 2017

This new work commissioned by Esplanade is a video, photographic and painting installation based on the life stories of a driver and a musician in their 60s and 70s. These accounts were told to Rungjang in a series of interviews and reveal the worlds they live in. Juxtaposed with these stories are recordings of text that reveal recent events in these countries the subjects have traversed in. The ebb and flow of minor and master narratives in this exhibition show that individuals were sometimes subject to forces over which they had little influence, but they also gained opportunities to change their own circumstances.

Table for 2 is 4… after the Big Bang

Credit: Esplanade – Theatres by the Bay

Vertical Submarine (Singapore)
Esplanade Concourse
Till 11 October 2017 

Singapore artist collective Vertical Submarine have come up with a mind-bending installation featuring what appears to be shards of a giant table lying on steps. Imagining the intimate, domestic scene of a couple after their meal, this work fragments and flips the typical dining table scene, with all the meaningful elements that are usually above and below the table packed into a “sandwich” that exists within the typically overlooked space of a table top. The split structures of the installation hint at how more than two persons may be involved in a relationship, as the memories of past loves or familial ties intrude upon the blissful pair.

Bengal Divided

Credit: Esplanade – Theatres by the Bay

Arko Datto (India), Jannatul Mawa (Bangladesh), Kushal Ray (India), Rashid Talukder (Bangladesh), Ronny Sen (India), Samsul Alam Helal (Bangladesh), Shahidul Alam (Bangladesh), Qaushiq Mukherjee aka Q (India), Tareque Masud and Catherine Masud (Bangladesh)
Esplanade Tunnel
Till 8 October 2017

This is an ongoing research and exhibition project curated by Munum Wasif and Sarker Protick. Seminal and emerging photographers and filmmakers from Bangladesh and West Bengal in India convey the turbulent history and complex social issues of contemporary Bangladesh, India and Pakistan through their visual works. This exhibition is part of the visual developments of wider Bengal. Even as the three countries are divided by national borders, they share much in common because of their shared pasts and inextricably connected futures.

For more information on Esplanade’s Visual Arts programmes, click here.

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