14 – 20 Nov 2016: Singapore

Akanksha’s Top Picks in Singapore from 14-20 November 2016

Akanksha is Assistant Editor at ArtsEquator. She grew up in Singapore and graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts in 2014. She gladly invites book/art/film/album/event recommendations at akanksha(at)artsequator.com, and in the meantime, here are a few shows she’s looking out for this week:


Women in Photography 2016
Venue: Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film
Dates: Tuesday – Saturday 12pm – 7pm, Sunday 12pm – 4pm, until 20 November
Price: Free
The second edition of Objectifs’ annual Women in Photography programme, co-presented with the Magnum Foundation, features photographic series from various regions, by a diverse group of 18 contemporary female artists associated with Magnum. Presented in conjunction with Women in Film, a series of movie screenings showcasing female directors.
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You Are Here (part of Kalaa Utsavam by Esplanade)
Artist: Pooja Nansi
Director: Joel Tan
Venue: Esplanade Recital Studio
Dates: Friday 18 November 7:30pm and Saturday 19 November 2016, 3pm and 7:30pm
Price: Standard ticket at $30, limited concession price tickets at $18, discounted price tickets available for Esplanade&Me members
A familiar name in the growing spoken word scene, poet and recent Young Artist Award recipient Pooja Nansi ew-stages, for the third time, an intimate solo show incorporating song, verse and storytelling, seeking to explore notions of ethnicity, belonging and cultural identity in Singapore.
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MILIEU 2016 一念
Artist: Frontier Danceland
Venue: SOTA Drama Theatre
Dates: Friday 18 November 8pm; Saturday 19 Nov 2016 3pm and 8pm
Price: S$38, S$28

In commemoration of its 25th year, the 2016 edition of the contemporary dance company’s annual end-of-year performance is a interdisciplinary production featuring video, live performance, and multimedia design.
Watch the production’s 360° trailer on the company’s YouTube channel
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Image from http://www.nafa.edu.sg

poetical state of mind.
Artists: Handiwirman Saputra, Jumaldi Alfi and Yusra Martunus
Venue: The Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries 1 & 2, NAFA Campus 1
Dates: Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 7pm until 20 November
Price: Free
A group exhibition of paintings and sculptural installations specially commissioned by NAFA, from contemporary Indonesian artists Handiwirman Saputra, Jumaldi Alfi and Yusra Martunus, members of contemporary art collective Jendela Art Group.
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Monkey Goes West
Company: Wild Rice
Venue: Drama Centre Theatre
Price: $45, $50, $60, $70
Dates: Fri, 18 Nov – Sat, 17 Dec 2016; Tue to Sat: 7.30pm; Thur, Sat & Sun: 2.30pm
Wild Rice re-stages its award-winning family-friendly fantasy adventure musical based on the classic Chinese epic fable, retold through Alfian Sa’at’s words, Elaine Chan’s music and Sebastian Tan’s direction. The show stars Chua Enlai, Siti Khalijah Zainal, and Sugie Phua as the Monkey King.
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Painted Shadows: A Queer Haunting of the National Gallery 
Venue: National Gallery Singapore
Price: Free
Dates: Friday 18 November, Saturday 19 November
Either 4:30PM-6:30PM or 7PM-9PM

Writer and activist Ng Yi-Sheng offers unique learning journey of queer art history via a guided walkthrough of the exhibits at the National Gallery Singapore. This activity is part of the Substation’s “The School of Uncommon Knowledge” series of workshops and talks.

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A Manifesto Residency
Venue: The Black Box at the Substation
Dates: Saturday 19 November, 12PM-5PM or 5PM-10PM
This workshop is a discursive class where participants explore manifestos what goes into writing and reading them.
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About the author(s)

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Kathy Rowland is the Managing Editor of ArtsEquator.com, a registered charity that she co-founded with Jenny Daneels in 2016. The site is dedicated to supporting and promoting arts criticism with a regional perspective in Southeast Asia. Kathy has worked in the arts for over 25 years, working in the areas of critical writing and arts advocacy, with a special interest in media platforms for the arts. She is the Project Lead for ArtsEquator’s Southeast Asian Arts and Culture Censorship Documentation Project, launched in 2021. She has written extensively on censorship of arts and culture in Malaysia. She was a member of the International Programme Advisory Committee of the 8th World Summit on Arts and Culture, 2019.

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