Title: No Need To Ask, These Are All Treasures
Medium: Mixed media & Cement
‘One By One Metre Space Exhibition
A Sungei Market Art Project
Community Based Art Project
Singapore Art Week 2016
Supported by National Arts Council
‘Survey: Space, Sharing, Haunting exhibition’
The Substation, Singapore
Diverse hodgepodge of bric-a-brac often seen laid out on tarpaulin sheets along this nostalgic haunt had faded into history. The paraphernalia of the disappearing flea market were brought to a closer attention of the public, as a poignant reminder of its resilient existence over eight decades.
Using site-specific materials interspersed with narratives from the Sungei Road Thieves Market, I created sculptures out of objects collected over a period of three months. The exhibition ‘One by One Metre Space’ recalled the 1m X 1m area allocated to each vendor at the market, a privilege that was eventually taken away. The historic ‘Thieves Market’, known for its notorious past, made way for the Jalan Besar MRT station (public transport) in 2017. This show questioned the use of our urban spaces and their intrinsic value. In the style of a grand curtain call, we invited the vendors into the exhibition space (just across the road) for the evening’s exchanges. As the night went, the artworks took on new meanings seen through the eyes of the people who once treasured, discussed, flaunt and commodified them.
21 (H) x 19( L) x 17(W) cm
No Need To Ask, These Are All Treasures.
278(H) x 43( L) x 21 (W) cm