Ever faithful to its desire to spotlight the emerging scene in extramural shows, especially on the occasion of international art events such as Art Stage Singapore, Palais de Tokyo has joined with the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore to present in Singapore the exhibition “Sous la lune / Beneath the moon”.
The exhibition presents major works by 11 artists from Southeast Asia and France: Aung Ko, Hicham Berrada, Ade Darmawan, Marguerite Humeau, Dusadee Huntrakul, Emmanuelle Lainé, Lou Lim, Oanh Phi Phi, Vivien Roubaud, Yee I-Lann and Raphaël Zarka.
The exhibition thus creates a dialogue between emerging Southeast Asian artists and young French artists through both new productions and existing works, with a view to favouring exchanges about the personal creative processes of each artist in the show, while also transcending the peculiarities of their original cultural environment.
Key works in the exhibition include sculptures by Filipina artist Lou Lim that comprise literal cut-out pieces from her family home, exposing the boundary between private and public spaces, as well as an installation by French artist Marguerite Humeau that investigates mortality and eternal life through an exploration of ancient Egypt. The jarring yellow walls of the installation are infused with the yellow venom of the Black Mamba, and Humeau has re-constructed the vocal organs and voice of Cleopatra through 3D digital technology, which can be heard in the rhythmic singing above the work.
Curated by Khairuddin Hori, Deputy Director of Artistic Programming at Palais de Tokyo, the exhibition explores the mysterious, complex and multi-layered nature of aesthetic experience through immersive artworks and installations in a range of media.
Rather than try to represent respective current artistic landscapes, the aim of the exhibition is to organize encounters between artists from opposing parts of the globe, whose work may be recognized in their native countries, but remains unknown on the other side of the world.
- Oanh Phi Phi, Mapa Mundi (detail), 2015. Lacquer on wood panel. Courtesy the artist.
- Hicham Berrada, Art and Chemistry. Courtesy of the artist