The second iteration of Crossings by Wei Leng Tay presents the work The first chapter it starts with the horses(2017-2018). This work asks how the human voice, through repetitive utterances, can invoke an intimacy in items and objects subjected to the mechanisms of trade. In addition, working through the proposition of the voice as image, The first chapter it starts with the horses continues the exhibition’s interrogation of the image and voice as document to elaborate ideas of agency, relationships and nation implicit to moving between places of home. During the opening, recitations based on interviews conducted by Tay during her research process will take place, bridging the formal considerations of the first iteration with subsequent parts of the exhibition. Crossings is a four-part exhibition of photography, installation and video around Wei Leng Tay’s research from 2014-2018 that spans stories of lived and inherited migration of individuals from different generations and backgrounds in Pakistan, Hong Kong and Singapore.
The recitations will be performed in collaboration with Debbie Cai, Loo Zhi-En, Sohaib Nashit and Pey Chuan Tan.
About the artist
Wei Leng Tay is an artist working with mediums including photography, audio, and installation. Her process begins with conversations and interactions with people she meets, which inform the forms the projects take. Her practice draws links between how desires, personal relationships and histories are tied to family, society and the state.
Tay has exhibited at institutions like ARTER Space for Art, Istanbul, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, and the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, and participated in group exhibitions such as the Asian Art Biennale, Taiwan, and Daegu Photo Biennale, South Korea. Her works are in the permanent collections of the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, NUS Museum, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, and the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan.
Image: Installation view of Wei Leng Tay's And this is the lady and her pond, 2018. Photo by Hoong Wei Long. Courtesy of NUS Museum.