1 June 2022 – Ever Present: First Peoples Art of Australia at the National Gallery Singapore
Forget the opened up travel lanes, Australia has come to Singapore!
Or well, at least the art of the First Peoples of Australia.
In its new show — Ever Present: First Peoples Art of Australia — the National Gallery Singapore has brought in the largest exhibition on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art to ever travel to Asia.
The exhibition gives viewers a good deal of food for thought about what it means to advocate for the cultural practices and identity of indigenous people.
It seems bizarre, almost macabre to celebrate the art of people who have been marginalised and attacked for years, but the exhibition is much more nuanced and sensitive than that. It asks so many questions one of which is this: is it possible to address these problems with wit and satire in order to spark critical conversations? Can art provoke, educate and lay bare the immense violence that has been done to these First Peoples? Short answer: yes, yes and yes.
The show runs till 25 September. Find further details on the National Gallery Singapore’s website here.