National Gallery Singapore
Cao Fei, one of China’s foremost contemporary artists, is the fourth commissioned artist for the National Gallery Singapore Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission, which partners with renowned artists who respond to and extend dialogue on and around the history of Southeast Asian art. Primarily known for her moving image practice, the commission marks a significant departure for the artist. 浮槎 Fú Chá is a new large-scale kinetic sculptural installation that alludes to a fable about a raft that traverses the milky way and the sea, and references the region’s history of migration, Singapore’s identity as a port city shaped by numerous diasporic communities, the fengshui of the rooftop garden and the landmarks of the civic district that surround the gallery. Known for her social commentary on the rapid and chaotic changes occurring in Chinese and other Asian societies today, Cao has had solo exhibitions at Centre Pompidou Paris (2019), Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (2018) and MoMA PS1, New York (2016), among other notable venues. Cao Fei roots her projects in historical research, as well as art and film histories. At the same time, she embraces popular mass culture like cosplay, games, pop music and social media, to reflect on the human condition and the realities of global flows in contemporary post-capitalist societies. 浮槎 Fú Chá is on the roof until October 25, 2020.
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