THE DEEPEST BLUE
The Deepest Blue
curated by Racy Lim and Joella Kiu
The Deepest Blue is an exhibition that blends history and contemporary art together by exploring water as a metaphor for mind's complexities. The four curated artists were paired up with a historical artist, and created works that are inspired by, or in response to, the works of Virginia Woolf, Frida Kahlo, Helen Frankenthaler or Zelda Fitzgerald. In bringing together the past and the present, the exhibition hopes to show a continuity and normalcy about mental health struggles. At the heart of the exhibition are four water-based themes — drowning, floating, rippling and respite — that correspond to how Woolf, Kahlo, Frankenthaler and Fitzgerald have discussed their experience in their works. The show moves away from a white cube gallery display to create an emotive and immersive space for viewer to reach deep into their own definitions of mental health.
Racy Lim is a freelance writer, journalist and digital strategist. Her work also extends to exhibition curation and art direction for visual projects. Combining her background in communication, she draws heavily from areas such as psychology, visual art, film and advocacy. Racy currently holds the position as Founder and Editor-in-Chief of SAND Magazine – a publication that examines the tendencies of creatives and artists while addressing socio-political concerns globally. The first issue was featured at the 2017 Venice Biennale.
Joella Kiu is an art historian, researcher, and independent curator, whose research and practice is driven by the symbiotic relationship between art history and contemporary art practices. She has curated exhibitions in the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum (Lisbon), and runs the art educational website Object Lessons Space, launching mid-2018. She's read History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art (MA, London) and the University of York (BA, York).
Amanda Tan (Empyreal) is a filmmaker, director, visual designer, writer and artist. Her music videos and short films have been screened and nominated for awards at various film festivals, including the NYC Indie Film Awards, Salento International Film Festival and Singapore Short Film Awards. As an artist, she strives to make work that speaks to the state of human emotion through the medium of experimental video.
Chloë Manasseh is a visual artist who works between Singapore and London. Her practice has a focus on painting, but also includes video, installation and performance. Recently, she was involved in solo shows at NPE Art Residency and Gallery (Singapore), The Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair (London), and The Affordable Art Fair (Singapore). She holds a Master’s degree from The Slade School of Fine Art.
Renée Ting is an independent creative producer, artist and project manager. Her practice is wide-ranging, and encompasses works such as mixed media, site-specific installations and photography. Drawing on her love of literature, Renée’s works explore how words influence and weigh in on our everyday lives. She also consistently returns to complex explorations of longing, solitude, and self.
Tan Yang Er (Yang) is an artist, photographer and producer based in Singapore. With her background in film, Yang is a multi-disciplinary artist who creates immersive, multi-sensory experiences. She draws influences from pop culture and is obsessed with the human condition. Story-telling remains the crux of her works where each piece of art and each installation serves to connect at a deeper level - one human to another.
/23 JUN – 22 JUL 2018/
BLOCK 7 / GILLMAN BARRACKS / SINGAPORE
The Deepest Blue is one of the winning proposals selected as part of the Breaking Wave Open Call.