I was introduced to the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre that recently opened in May this year just last week. Its opening exhibition Creativity in Pulses 新‧创艺, running till 30th September 2017, talks about what it means to identify as a Singaporean Chinese through the perspectives of a group of Singaporean artists in their twenties and thirties. I found it a refreshing idea to think about, especially after living in Hong Kong for a few years, where the question of Hong Kong identity has been prevalent these days.
The common idea that appears to run through the exhibition is the way tradition and modernity intermix in Singapore, so there’s quite a lot of references to traditional Chinese culture presented in new formats of installations and design. Personally, I also think that Singaporean identity carries a lot of Western influence, which I also picked up in some of the artworks on display, although I’m not sure if it was intentional on the part of the artists.
Sharing my favourite artworks from the exhibition, keep reading to see more!
| Cover picture: 《新‧山水》 by Edwin Low 刘志雄, Image courtesy of Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre |