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Anthropos: Navigating Human Depth In Thai and Singapore Contemporary Art

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The photograph of thousands of miniature skulls hand-molded by Thai artist Nino Sarabutra, attracted my attention to make a visit to ANTHROPOS, a show presented by Sundaram Tagore.

I was lucky enough to have the pleasure to attend the talk by Nino Sarabutra who explained some of her previous works and her current exhibition, “What Will You Leave Behind”. All 5 exhibition works explored the human emotions through love, happiness and living. You can experience how her art interacts with people by walking on the thousands of miniature porcelain skulls at the gallery. The idea is for us to reflect in our own way; with each step reminding us of the same daunting question, “if this is our last day, what will we leave behind?”.  You can also contribute your photographs and leave comments on her website (http://www.ninosarabutra.com). Oh my, that is clever art ! Her background in advertising must have definitely played a part.

Nino is one of the 11 emerging and established Thai and Singapore artists showcasing at the group show entitled “Anthropos”; which is a Greek word for human. Curated by independent Italian arts curator Loredana Pazzini Paracciani,  the show uses the human body as the universal theme to explore the cultural and artistic exchange between our body and art.


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Boasting 7 artists from Thailand and 4 from Singapore, the collective works include photography, paintings on canvas, graffiti and mixed media installations. Kamolpan Chotvichai, a Thai artist that develops her own paper-cutting technique, particularly draws me to her works. Another multi-layered artist, Jerem Hiah, presents the hologram series RAW/WAR that make use of menacing looking faces to attract audience.

If you have not been to Gilman Barracks (http://gillmanbarracks.com), be sure to head down, as it is a beautiful hub for contemporary arts. Their galleries feature diverse and ever-changing exhibitions. Do lookout for Ai Weiwei’s first solo exhibition in Southeast Asia at Micheal Janssen from 24 Aug to 6 Oct.



“Anthropos : Navigating Human Depth In Thai and Singapore Contemporary Art “
When: 13 September – 13  Oct, 11 am – 8 pm (Tues – Sat) 10am – 6 pm (Sun)
Where: 5 Lock Road, Gilman Barracks
Website: www.sundamramtagore.com


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