Though not linked to the Singapore Biennale 2016, opening in October and curated around the theme of “An Atlas of Mirrors” in reference to the similarities and differences between people and across cultures, the Singapore Art Museum is opening an exhibition mapping the seas, which could be a prelude to the biennale.
Tightly curated, “Odyssey: Navigating Nameless Seas” brings together the work of 11 artists, including several new commissions, inviting visitors to rethink “idealized notions of seascapes and voyages through the artists’ representations and redefinitions of the oceans’ mysteries,” explained Tan Siuli, curatorial co-head, Singapore Art Museum.
Vietnamese-American artist Richard Streitmatter-Tran explores the idea of interconnectivity and the way that animals have influenced humankind with “A Short History of Man and Animal,” a life-size narrow wooden boat with a set of whale’s vertebrae (in unfired clay) placed within its hull. The shape of the long boat echoes the torpedo-like shape of the whale, while its keel mirrors the whale’s spine.
Other participants of the exhibition are artists from Singapore, Thailand, Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines and Australia.
The exhibition runs until August 28 at the Singapore Art Museum.