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In Conversation with The Artists Village:
Collectivity, Solidarity, and Networks

Type: Talk
Language: English
Audience: Everyone
Location: The Forum

In Conversation with The Artists Village:
Collectivity, Solidarity, and Networks

Join the pioneering Singaporean art group The Artists Village at M+ to dive into their three-decade-long collective practices in Singapore and beyond. Founded in 1988 with Amanda Heng, Koh Nguang How, Lee Wen, and Tang Da Wu as the early members, The Artists Village is known for its in-depth engagement with sociohistorical changes in the late 1980s and 1990s, playing a critical role in introducing performance and installation art in the region. Members Koh Nguang How and Bridget Tay will share their experiences of working in an art collective that spans across generations and unpack the ideas of connection and exchanged dynamics among individuals. This program complements the Special Highlight The Artists Village: Time, Sites, and Nodes, a guest-curated screening programme at M+ Mediatheque, currently on view till 31 December 2023.

The talk will be moderated by M+ Assistant Curator Ariadne Long and Curatorial Assistant Christine Lee. Click on ‘Register’ to sign up for this free talk.

About the Artists

Bridget Tay is a Singaporean artist, curator, and educator. She has experience with both government and privately funded exhibitions and curated numerous presentations for The Substation art centre and The Artists Village from 2022 to 2023. Additionally, she has showcased her work in various exhibitions during Singapore Art Week 2022 and 2023 at Art Outreach, INSTINC, Your MOTHER gallery, and The Substation. Since 2022, Bridget has served as the President of The Artists Village. Bridget’s artistic practice highlights the power potential that artistic mediums themselves can convey unique narratives, challenging the status quo in both form and matter.

Portrait of Bridget Tay. Courtesy of the artist

Koh Nguang How (b. 1963, Singapore) is an artist and researcher. He worked at Singapore’s National Museum Art Gallery as a curatorial assistant from 1985 to 1992. His artistic practice started in 1988 and encompasses photography, collage, installation, performance, documentation, archiving, and curating. He has been associated with the art collective The Artists Village since 1989. He started to exhibit art archives in 1992 and initiated his Singapore Art Archive Project (SAAP) in 2005. He has presented more than 15 thematic works and exhibitions under SAAP in Singapore and abroad.

Portrait of Koh Nguang How. Courtesy of the artist

Image at top: The Artists Village: Time, Sites, and Nodes. Programme visual by The Artists Village