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about the installation

12pm, Telok Ayer: workers from the tall grey buildings of the CBD mill languorously to queue for lunch and a hit of caffeine. The façade and activity of solitary tasks, routine efficiency, polite civility and small talk conceals the insatiable need for intimacy.

Love and desire is the catalyst for insurrection in Rod Smith’s poem, ‘pour le CGT’:

“We work too hard.
 We’re too tired
 To fall in love.
 Therefore we must
 Overthrow the government.”

This revolutionary reckoning force is on display at Telok Ayer Arts Club, transforming the space into a den for the exploration of romance and intimacy, sexuality and sensuality, and the consuming gaze, by Singapore artists Megan Miao, Susie Wong and Zulkhairi Zulkiflee. The exhibition comprises drawings on paper, ceramic sculptures and photography, that together crafts the cultural codes, the gaps, the dangers, and the pitfalls of our desires.

about the artists

Megan Miao (b. 1992) is a multidisciplinary artist, curator and educator. She graduated from Central Saint Martins, London, in 2015 and has presented her works at SCOUT: Emerging Art Practices in Singapore (2016) at Gillman Barracks and OH!pen Call (2016) in Potong Pasir. 

Susie Wong (b. 1956) began her art practice in the late 1980s in painting and art writing. Her practice spans genres and mediums, including figurative paintings, portraits, landscapes, drawings, and installations. She has exhibited at The Substation, Valentine Willie Fine Art (Kuala Lumpur), Esplanade, and Gillman Barracks, and was an artist-in-residence at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore.

Zulkhairi Zulkiflee (b. 1991) is a visual artist, educator and exhibition-maker. Much of his practice explores the notion of Malayness in relation to knowledge production, social agency and distinction/taste. Recently, he exhibited in The Direction I Rub One Matters (2018) at Grey Projects and Young Talent Programme (2017) at Affordable Art Fair Singapore.

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