This exhibition invites viewers to take a stroll with artists through Selat, to explore different perspectives of being and becoming Singaporean through the lens of traditional Chinese arts. ‘Selat’, as an old name for Singapore, was later transliterated by early Chinese immigrants and became a popular colloquial name for the island, appearing in media ranging from classical poetry to everyday place-names.
The etymological excavation of this term ‘Selat’ inspires this exhibition. Taking phrases, objects, and experiences that shape our experiences of Singapore, we delve deeper into what they mean as cultural icons and find that they contain within them myriad influences, as diverse as Singapore’s history.
Through the art forms of seal carving, painting, and calligraphy, we will expressing our diverse heritage, whether linguistic, gastronomic, or literary. This exhibition will feature seal carvings inscribed with colloquial phrases, ink paintings featuring our food culture as intangible cultural heritage, and calligraphy expressing thoughts and emotions regarding Selat.
Free admission. For more details, please visit here.
Jan 19, 2022
Wednesday to Saturday: 11am – 7pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm
SCCC Multi-Purpose Hall, Level 7
Conducted in Mandarin