January 2016 Repurposing Nostalgia
The rare chance to survey the diversity of practices from 23 of Singapore’s most exciting emerging voices in contemporary art within a single venue. From drawings to photography, installations to performance art, Repurposing Nostalgia promises discovery in every nook & corner. Given the innate psychological need for stability, nostalgia offers an alluring coping mechanism in the face of ever-accelerating changes. The proliferation of nostalgia-oriented commercial enterprises as well as urgent questions about the past, our experience & relationship to it dominating Singapore’s artistic discourse are but responses to this oft-overwhelming situation. Repurposing Nostalgia showcases various artistic strategies in co-opting or challenging the nostalgic phenomenon. This diversity also reflects the how the show grew from ground up, with friends roping in friends or acquaintances through face-to-face meetings, texts, emails & social media.