Explore Singapore’s cultural districts during SAW at the Aliwal Urban Art Festival in Kampong Glam and ARTWALK in Little India. On January 14th, starting at 5pm, SAW takes over the Aliwal Arts Centre with No Regrets For Our Youth, an exhibition celebrating street culture. Part exhibition, part street festival, participants include the Barter Workshop Market and music by local bands and DJs. Running from January 12-17th, head down to Little India to experience the third edition of ARTWALK, Your Path To Remember. Join festival guides to learn about the history of the neighborhood and the people who have inhabited it through performances and colorful street art.
Ongoing events at the Singapore Biennale titled An Atlas of Mirrors include Boedi Widjaja’s Black—Hut which will be showing at the LASALLE College of the Arts until February 1st. It is an immersive installation, a room inside a room, that will naturally erode and change over the duration of the exhibition revealing cracks and discoloration in the walls. Through this, Widjaja explores ground from his own upbringing and the Chinese diaspora to Singapore’s stunning architecture styles, starting with the college itself. For patrons who are interested in the future of art in Singapore, the Singapore Biennale Symposium is a must-attend event capping off both the Biennale and SAW. At the Symposium, the question posed is Why Biennale At All?, with opinions offered by different members of Singapore’s arts industry on the growing scene in Singapore, how Asian art is changing and what is to come next.
SAW wraps up its finale weekend with the Tanjong Goodman Weekend Market. On January 21st and 22nd, the Goodman Arts Centre will be hosting Imaginary Compound, an arts festival that will see participation from many artists, ranging from performance art pieces to workshops and interactive studios with activities geared towards all ages and skill levels. The market will feature homemade arts and crafts, as well as pre-loved items available for sale.
Finally, the Asian Film Archive presents State of Motion 2017: Through Stranger Eyes. Breaking out of their home at the National Library, Through Stranger Eyes takes visitors on a tour of Singapore through five films with distinct Singaporean locales as a backdrop. At each of these locations the films will be screened and location-specific artworks will be unveiled. One of the most anticipated films of this program is Ricochet, a documentary about David Bowie’s 1983 tour that brought him to Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong.