Crisis in Hong Kong: Commentary on Protest Clashes, Democratic Freedom and Political Activism

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Opinion
in Politics


Hong Kong’s extradition bill may have been withdrawn but that has not stopped protesters from hosting more peaceful marches and campaigns. These activities speak against human rights issues stemming from violent arrests and the government’s authoritarian way of keeping public order over more than 100 days of the protest movement.

Journalist Kong Lui draws up a month-long reflection on the events led by protesters. In this piece, she brings up avoidant attitudes of the government during the protests, the efficacy of activism in democratic countries and the indisputable need for increased understanding of international politics.

A Public Square: Year-long programme at The Substation concerning the public sphere

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Interview
in Exhibitions


In a nation comparatively more spotless than most – uncluttered pathways and levelled roads to commute daily with ease, Singapore is often seen as the clean and green city in the public eye. But how far does the city’s definition of maintaining an unsullied image extend to? What are the limitations of living here, holding your own dignified sense of self and love within the public spaces when the governing policies deny this dignity, deeming it as tainted instead? What is home when individuals feel entrapped and even oppressed by traditionally held views of the social balance?

Valerie-Ann Tan, who also curated the exhibition Space Oddities as part of A Public Square, questions the viability of the ‘physical’ space and presents a familiar yet alternative reality of our public spaces.

Understanding the concepts of the works at ‘Space Oddities’
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Interview
in Exhibitions


‘Space Oddities’ is an exhibition that navigates the complex relations of cultural differences, power dynamics and the politics of space. Visual artist Divaagar presents a soft and cheeky commentary on the restriction of free love in his work, Singapore is for Lovers, prompting viewers to rethink ideas of free love in a society that balances on a tightrope of passive-aggression towards the queer community. At the same time, multidisciplinary artist Zhiyi Cao discusses 2272 Open Report, an inquiry into the presence of embellished (’zhng-ed’) e-scooters and the capitalisation of such subcultures.
Interview in Film
Sal Seah's first conceptual film questions the functions of artistic communities Read more


Interview in Exhibitions
Curator-Artist Berny Tan Reflects on Group Exhibition 'Deviations'
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Interview in Exhibitions
Gajah Gallery's MONUMENTA: In Lightness opens up discourse on light in Southeast Asia  Read more


Interview in Exhibitions
The Mishkin Gallery: Working against consumerist trends of exhibitions
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Opinion in Contemporary Fashion
‘Why Not?’ – Subverting orthodoxical approaches in the Singaporean fashion realm Read more


Opinion in Contemporary Fashion

‘Why Not?’ – Graduates stage their own footing beyond the institutional wall Read more



Interview in Contemporary Fashion

Textile collection 'Red Thread' by Putri Adif studies female sexuality and genital mutilation   Read more

Interview in Contemporary Fashion

Manfred Lu's 'Deflower' breaks away from monolithic standards of manhood and fashion Read more








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