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The Roaming Eye missed this show at The Substation Gallery in Singapore but is intrigued:
“The artist’s body is captured into a series of frames, each frame a moment paused in time and space” from the programme.
East is West: Three Women Artists runs until 15 February at the Lasalle College of the Arts in the Earl Lu Gallery, Singapore. This wonderful exhibition – more to come in a later post – introduces three women artists from outside Western Europe who now live in Berlin. Curated by Dr Charles Merewether it features Mariana Vassileva (Bulagaria), Almagul Menlibayeva (Kazakhstan) and Nezaket Ekici (Turkey).
Some of the work explores the subject of women as well as cultural differences that lie within their countries of origin and between national boundaries. Integral to their practice is performance that is recorded and subsequently shown as independent work, invloving both themselves directly as the subject, as well as others.
The Roaming Eye took some iPhone photos (see below) and stayed at the exhibition for a couple of hours watching four video works by each of the three artists and absolutely loved the show. Of course, of the twelve video works, ranging from a couple of minutes up to 24 mins or so, there are favourites including Ekici’s performance piece Veiling and Reveiling, Menlibayeva’s Transoxiana Dreams and Vassileva’s Journal.
What was so refreshing for The Roaming Eye was the way the conceptual and the technical merged to produce beautifully articulated and visually engaging works that were strong and often, profound. Sometimes, one aspect is foregrounded at the expense of the others, but this was not the case here. The videos also demonstrated a level of maturity and depth that may have something to do with the women’s ages – all are in their 40s – as well as their particular cross cultural experiences and artistic educations.
It is so nice to get away from the UK and the often London-biased exhibition scene and familiar styles of works that are – at times – dominated by certain institutions, such as the Royal College of Art. Look out folks, it’s going to be costing £25,000/year for international students to do the two year Masters in Photography – that’s a huge investment and is, if we are honest, not just about the art and the critical forums that the RCA provides for its students, but also about the brand and its status.
There’s nothing wrong with this and there are undoubtedly some exciting visual artists and photographers that have emerged from the RCA and its photography Masters. But art and photography should, in The Roaming Eye’s opinion, be discovered by looking outside the usual remits and circles and seen in different environments and countries as house styles do tend to emerge and sometimes works gets repetitive, stale and becomes uninteresting. More images from the show in a later post, there’s a lot to cover. One other point, light from outside spilled inside and it compromised the bottom right-hand corner of the screen where Menlibayeva’s work was projected, as the blinds behind the glass door were not fully closed.
See over for more photos…
Filed under: Art Galleries, Art shows, Photography Shows, Video Art, Visual Artists, Women Photographers Tagged: Almagul Menlibayeva, Bulgaria, DNA Galerie, Kazakhstan, Lasalle International College of Art, Mariana Vassileva, Nezaket Ekici, performance, Prishka C Juschka Fine Art, Singapore, Turkey, video art, women visual artists
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Wei Leng Tay, 1978, Singapore, is a photographer based in Hong Kong who explores how people live their lives within their homes. She gives the viewers a glimpse into the houses of her subjects. In her series Where do we go from here? she looks at what it is to be Japanese from the inside. The project consists of two parts, all taken in the city of Fukuoka. In the first part entitled Initial Encounters she photographed the people in a studio, which gave her an introduction to the people and the opportunity to continue her project. For the continuation of her project, Impressions of Japan, she went into their homes, discovering their relationships, priorities and lives lived. In her ongoing project Hong Kong Living she enters the homes of people and portrays the inhabitants, seeing how they live in this challenging Chinese city. The portrayed reveal a part of their Hong Kong. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and she has exhibited her photographs at several venues around the globe and extensively in Asia. The following images come from the series Discordant Symmetries – Converge, Where do we go from here?: Impressions of Japan and Hong Kong Living.
Zhang Jingna aka Zemotion, 1988, Singapore, is a very young and productive fashion photographer currently based in Los Angeles. She started photographing while studying fashion and posted her pictures on Deviantart which quickly lead to millions of views. Very soon she would be shooting for Mercedes Benz Taiwan at the age of 20 years old with Ogilvy & Mather. Since then she has worked for brands as Montblanc, Lancôme, Elle and Canon and became a regular contributor for Harper’s Bazaar Singapore. In 2008 she released her first book entitled Something Beautiful. Her work is stylish, classy and very mature for her young age. Besides photography she has been a very succesful at shooting air rifles, even broke the national record and joined the national team, winning several prizes. The following images come from various personal, fashion and commercial shoots.