Object of desire
Exhibition Dates: June 22 – July 24, 2019
Exhibition Location: Brother Joseph McNally Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, LASALLE, 1 McNally Street
Opening on Friday, June 21 2019 at 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Artists: Dagrún Aðalsteinsdóttir, Weixin Chong, Guðlaug Mía Eyþórsdóttir, Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson, Sæmundur Þór Helgason, Daniel Hui, Luca Lum, Guo-Liang Tan
Curator: Dagrún Aðalsteinsdóttir, alumna, MA Fine Arts (2016 cohort)
Object of desire brings together painting, installation, sculpture and film by eight artists from Singapore and Iceland. The works explore the affective agency of images and objects as ‘things’ which are desired, distributed and reproduced.
The title of the exhibition refers to an essay by artist Hito Steyerl titled ‘A thing like you and me’ (2010). In her essay, Steyerl explains the role of humans in the formation and operation of images. According to Steyerl, our participation in images not only blurs distinctions between subjects and objects, but also human subjectivity, which is increasingly objectified. In her essay, Steyerl describes images as fragments of the real world; things ‘like any other—a thing like you and me’.
For the exhibition, curator and MA Fine Arts alumna Dagrún Aðalsteinsdóttir invited each artist to create a work that explores the values and hierarchies associated with ‘being an object or an image’. The layout is conceived as an interdependent constellation, in which the works—as ‘object–subjects’—activate one another.
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 7:00pm, Tue to Sun (Closed on Mon and public holidays)
Image: Dagrún Aðalsteinsdóttir, This mortal coil, 2019, digital print, 61 x 91 cm © Courtesy the artist