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tell me how they kiss you, tell me how you kiss
November 20, 2018 - January 12, 2019
In a bid to add a little risqué to the festivities in the Central Business District (CBD), Telok Ayer Arts Club is now showing the works of three Singaporean artists in tell me how they kiss you, tell me how you kiss – a group artist showcase from now until 12 January 2019 that explores the tropes of pleasure and desire, the consumption of romance and the Malay masculinity.
“It’s 12 pm at Telok Ayer, and workers pour out of the tall, grey buildings that line the CBD, only to mill languorously over a mandated hour of sustenance, long queues and smokes. All through their day: the façade of solitary tasks, routine efficiency, polite civility and mindless small talk – they all conceal the insatiable need for intimacy. Love and desire are the catalysts for insurrection in Rod Smith’s poem pour le CGT: We work too hard. / We’re too tired / To fall in love. / Therefore we must / Overthrow the government.”
What started as an outward-gazing observation from the confines of Telok Ayer Arts Club is now a reckoning force put on full display, as curator Kamiliah Bahdar brings together three homegrown artists—each of different practices, stripes and years to their names—in a group show designed to accost the CBD dweller and assimilate their everyday with themes of romance and intimacy, sexuality and sensuality, and the ever-consuming gaze.
Titled tell me how they kiss you, tell me how you kiss and taking place from 20 November 2018 to 12 January 2019, the exhibition will see artists Megan Miao, Susie Wong and Zulkhairi Zulkiflee transform the Arts Club into a den for exploration of the entangled relationships with both ourselves and others. The eight-week showcase will feature never-seen-before works that span the mediums of drawings on paper, ceramic sculptures and photography, as well as artist-led and live music events – that together crafts the cultural codes, the gaps, the dangers and the pitfalls of our desires.