OMNILOGUE | Your Voice Is Mine

Exhibition Period: 19 January till 21 April 2013
Venue: Lee Kong Chian Gallery, NUS Museum

As a form of cultural production that communicates gestures and values, Your Voice Is Mine is propositioned as an exhibitionary agent for raising dialogue, exploring narratives and channeling alternate positions. Lodged between artist, curator and locale of the Museum, it may be experienced as an attempt at examining these processes within the premise of ‘transcultural collaboration’ – a concept that is experiencing renewed impetus in contemporary art circles since the 1990s. Here, communication rests at the heart of things, where the very act of transmission may be considered something that contributes to the positioning and controlling of the audience in a given space, at times ephemerally highlighting the difficulty and collusion of translation, at other times understood as a literal attempt at realizing context(s) external to the Museum. Critically examining the very premise of collaboration, Your Voice is Mine teases its audiences into considering the myriad dynamics of consensus and contestation that take place within transcultural encounters - asking if one can indeed open up newer readings into the categorical ways of defining Other and Self? It begs its audiences to consider how art and exhibition-making reveal hidden inflections, when do these processes become more important than the final production of art, and how do they in turn relate to the spaces and cultures in which they take place?

Takayuki Yamamoto
New Hell - What Kind of Hell Will We Go To?
2013 (ongoing project started from 2010)
video installation

Shun Sasa
Hypnosis for Lovers/Memoirs of War (Autobiography of Kei)
multi-channel video, safe, notebook etc.

Fuyuki Yamakawa
Platform for sharing her stories
sound installation (with a live stream from MacRitchie Reservoir)

Motohiro Tomii
Another Piece
NUS Museum gallery guides, brochures and staples

Makiko Koie
From the series “G” Kr-1
type-C print, 73x100cm

ROAD MOVIE - Road to Singapore
video installation, plastic crates/size: 340x110x85cm


Your Voice is Mine features works by artists Makiko Koie, Fuyuki Yamakawa, Shun Sasa, Takayuki Yamamoto, SHIMURAbros (Yuka and Kentaro) and Motohiro Tomii, created through their encounter and research on Singapore’s social and cultural histories. It is presented at the Lee Kong Chian Gallery of the NUS Museum, a space that features the Chinese Art Collection from the Lee Kong Chian Museum, supplemented by ceramics from the South and Southeast Asian Collection and the archaeological collection of Dr. John Miksic.

Curated by Tomoko Yabumae (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo), Tsukasa Ikegami (Otani Memorial Art Museum), Michelle Ho (Singapore Art Museum), and Shabbir Hussain Mustafa (NUS Museum).

It is the final installation of the OMNILOGUE series of exhibitions that began in 2010 and is part of The Japan Foundation’s initiative to foster curatorial exchanges between Japanese artists and curators with collaborators from the Asia Pacific region. Your Voice is Mine is preceded by Alternating Currents (PICA, Perth, 2011) and Journey To The West (Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 2012).

This exhibition is co-organised by NUS Museum and The Japan Foundation. It is supported by Ricoh (Singapore) and Studio Miu.


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