There are those who stay / There are those who go, 2016
Installation with text on aluminium composite panels (set of 2)
240 × 420 × 60 cm (each)
Collection of the Artist
Singapore Biennale 2016 commission
This work explores the idea of ‘staying’ and ‘going’ as what the artist-duo calls “two perspectives of a single decisive moment”. Two mirror-finished walls face each other. One bears the phrase, “There are those who stay”; the other, “There are those who go”. As if in a stand-off, the walls suggest layered readings into the nature of choice, attachment, separation and loss. The artwork is sited where the old National Library building once stood (it was demolished amid public outcry in 2005), and offers an open reflection on Singapore’s architectural heritage, while the mirror-like walls provide the viewer with a tangible, yet reflected and hence distanced encounter of the site.
Production supported by: Kelvin Ang, Jimmy Chua, Ho Hui May, Bervyn Lee, Nicholas Song, Juliana Tong and Singapore Management University