Turning Points

18 Jan 2024 - 12 Feb 2024
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Selegie Arts Centre (30 Selegie Road, Singapore 188351)

Turning Points chronicles the defining moments within the artistic practice of three artists with disabilities – Deaf photographer Isabelle Lim, mixed media artist with Down syndrome Fern Wong, and autistic artist Kenneth Lee. Curated by John Tung, highlights a pivotal moment of change within their practices, marking the moment of critical development in their output. Beyond serving as a testimony to their commitment and adaptability in the face of personal and professional challenges, the artworks within the presentation convey a shared narrative of persistence, introspection, and growth. Turning Points invites audiences to engage directly with these moments of change, understanding both the context from which they arose and the transformative impact they have had on each artist’s practice.

Organised by ART:DIS, over 30 never-before-seen works will debut at this exhibition as part of Singapore Art Week 2024. Through a series of public programmes, delve deeper into the worlds of Kenneth, Fern & Isabelle. Slots are limited so register quickly!

My Lens is my Storyteller – 20 Jan (11am–12pm)

Embark on a visual exploration with Isabelle (@issyshoots) as she shares the inspiration, motivation, and distinctive style that defines her photographic vision. Discover how she weaves compelling unique yet universal narratives seen during her trips around the world through her lens, capturing moments that transcend the ordinary. Sign Language Interpretation (SgSL) will be provided for this talk.

What Goes in Ink Town – 20 Jan (3:30pm–4:30pm)

Step into Kenneth’s captivating world as he brings his 10-meter masterpiece to life before your eyes on his custom-built easel. Registered participants at this live-drawing session will receive a complimentary sketch pad so come prepared with a pencil, find your ideal spot within the gallery space, and sketch alongside Kenneth as he continues to work on his extraordinary ink creation.

Between the Paper Cuts – 28 Jan (3pm–4pm)

Join Fern in her colourful world. Participants will receive a plain paper cut and through observation of Fern’s process, will create their own one-of-a-kind art piece that resembles vibrant webs with POSCA markers. An activity especially suitable for children, Fern hopes this art-making will bring joy to all!

Curatorial Guided Tour – 20 Jan (5pm–6pm), 21 Jan (2pm–3pm), 28 Jan (5pm–6pm)
John Tung, the curator of the exhibition, shares intriguing insights into the processes and inspirations behind each artwork. This enriching experience, replete with personal anecdotes from each artist, will give viewers a deeper appreciation and understanding of what it means to create and develop a practice as an artist with a disability in Singapore.
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