Panel Discussion: Dancing Alone (Don't Leave Me) by Susie Wong


Panel Discussion: Sat 11 Jan, 2pm to 3pm
Speakers: Susie Wong, Kimberly Shen, Faith Ng

Artist Susie Wong, curator Kimberly Shen and playwright Faith Ng will discuss representations of women, romance and desire in relation to the exhibition.

This panel discussion is part of Dancing Alone (Don't Leave Me), a solo exhibition by Susie Wong.

Dancing Alone (Don't Leave Me)
By Susie Wong
Curated by Kimberly Shen
Objectifs Chapel Gallery
8 Jan to 9 Feb 2020

Dancing Alone (Don't Leave Me) by artist Susie Wong is an immersive video installation of solitary women dancing freely, evoking imagery of dance halls in the 1950s and 60s.

Referencing a line from the film The King and I — "No woman would dance alone while a man is looking at her." — the exhibition alludes to the consumed representations of women in media that are re-enacted in the everyday.

The dancers in Wong's videos evoke both the desire to be freed from these tropes and at the same time to themselves consume by reinforcing them through the culturally infusive practices of a modern society. Through dance, she is both empowered and subjugated.

Other events:

Joget Malam: A Night of Dance and Spoken Word: Fri 7 Feb, 7.30pm to 9.30pm (RSVP here)
Featuring Zai Tang's playlist Kwek Mambo and performances by Sabrina Sng and Sharda Harrison.

Visit our website for more information about the artist, contributors, exhibition and full programme.

About the speakers:

Susie Wong began her arts practice in the late 1980s, in painting and art writing, complementing these with art education, teaching, and curatorial projects. She has exhibited works in figurative paintings, portraits, landscapes, drawings and installations. Central to her works then was the inquiry of the image/light as a medium that mediates between memory and loss, between documentation and nostalgia. Her installation work Trace, was exhibited at The Substation in 2008, which then travelled to Valentine Willie FA Gallery, KL; My Beautiful Indies, and After Image, was shown respectively at The Esplanade at the end of 2013, and at Space Cottonseed, Gillman Barracks, 2014.

Her work contemplates mass media and the circulation of images and its voracious consumption, appropriating images or visual references for much of her work. In 2018, a video/projection installation Take Care of Me was part of the curated series Opening Day at Upper Serangoon Shopping Centre. As part of a collaborative-curated project Browsing Copy in 2019, she produced a work titled The Idea of the Coconut, that encapsulates her research on romantic tropes in media.

She was artist-in-residence at the NTU-CCA (Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore) from June to November 2018. Wong has also written for numerous publications on art since the late 1980s and is a member of AICA (International Association of Art Critics- Singapore Chapter).

Kimberly Shen is a curator and educator based in Singapore. Her practice lies in the intersection between text and image, drawn from the plurality and transdisciplinary nature of contemporary art which traverses mediums and disciplines. She has presented her curatorial projects at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, Objectifs - Centre for Photography and Film, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). She co-founded and is editor of ellipsis journal, a London/Singapore print publication which has been distributed at art book fairs in Singapore, Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States. She was winner of the IMPART Awards (Curator Category) in 2019 and Curator-in-Residence for The Art Incubator in 2015. A recipient of the National Arts Council Arts Scholarship (Postgraduate), she graduated with a Master of Research in Art: Theory and Philosophy from Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, United Kingdom. She is currently Programme Leader (Fine Art) at NAFA.

Faith Ng is a playwright whose works are noted for their rich characterisation and sensitive portrayals of Singapore life. Faith's plays include wo(men) (2010), For Better or for Worse (2013) and Normal (2015, 2017), collected in Faith Ng: Plays Volume One (2016).

Header image from Dancing Alone (Don't Leave Me) by Susie Wong

Sat Jan 11, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM SGT
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