Titled An Atlas of Mirrors, Singapore Biennale 2016 explores the histories and current realities within and beyond the Southeast Asia region. My steps took me around exhibitions of a distinct medium; from photography, paintings, maps, clay figurines, post-it notes, videos, porcelain, and even mirrors.
From where we are, how do we picture the world – and ourselves. This year’s theme ignited my sense of wonderment and curiosity. Through artistic perspective and visionary thoughts, the contemporary artworks echoed diverse cultures and redefined boundaries of the ever elusive: self.
Museums are quiet places yet endless conversations take place within these confined walls.
Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life. – Oscar Wilde
The Greeks believed that Art merely imitates life. That we spend our entire lives trying to attain perfect ideals, like Beauty and Justice. Therefore, art is a reflection of our imperfect efforts, a second-hand representation of our attempts to capture the essence of life. However, others claim that what is presented in art is striven for in life: that Art enriches and ennobles us.
For that, I go along with the latter. Look around at our culture and our generation. We use art, philosophy, science, etc to construct a frame to which we interpret the world.
Art is an honest reflection of our “selves”.