Images from “Victuals”, a part of Singapore Art Week 2019.

Victuals


Victuals was a group exhibition featuring works by international artists Joshua Strydom (Zimbabwe), Sabrina Bellenzier (Italy) and Wenlin Tan (Singapore) exploring the narrative of food and drink as an intangible form of heritage and identity. The exhibition takes the form of a pop-up coffee shop within the gallery space. Incorporating works of visual art, photographic installations, and interactive performances; merging the traditional heritage of food and drink with the practice of artistic expression.

Victuals explores our collective heritage and identity through food and drink.
To know a community is to know it's food and drink. In recent years, scientific analysis has focused on food and drink as an element of cultural heritage and memorialization processes, acknowledging it as a crucial marker of identity — an expression of a place, its history, traditions, and its people. Through the works of art, we explore how these factors affect who we become, how we relate to each other, and how we are perceived by those outside of our conception of normality.

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Go Lim Teh, by Wenlin Tan1

Go Lim Teh is a work that offers a glimpse into Singaporean living through the act of partaking in everyday ritual. Part installation, part participatory performance, audiences are unveiled the key to deciphering crucial lingo for ordering beverages in Singlish, and invited to have a go at the quintessential Singapore experience — practising their newly learnt Singlish by ordering a beverage and consuming it within a space converted into a Kopitiam, a local coffee shop.

I don’t eat _______, by Wenlin Tan

Food is a symbolic cultural artifact with the power of being a medium for expressing culture and defining our identity at both an individual and collective level, connecting or separating us from one another in accordance to religion, ethnicity, social class etc. I don’t eat ______ is an installation that explores food as an expression of identity and culture by engaging the audience to make statements on what they don’t eat and why, guiding them to draw links between diet and identity and/or culture. The statements are produced by the audience in-situ during the festival.


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Sabrina Bellenzier

Bellenzier is a photographer and performance artist based in Venice, Italy. She is interested in processes of transformation, discovering hidden realities, and finding new meanings in ordinary things. Bellenzier studied photography and theater at Università di Padova. She has worked with artists such as VestAndPage, La Pocha Nostra, Marilyn Arsem, Sandra Johnston and Alastair MacLennan. She began collaborating with Venice International Performance Art Week in 2014.

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10 O’Clock and 3 o’Clock , by Joshua Strydom

This collection of five independent bodies of work narrates the pause taken for tea time. Promoting us to engage in discussion, fortify interpersonal relationship, and deepen cultural understanding. In a participatory performance, five instillations set up as coffee tables allow for the viewers, the artist, and the art to engage in an individual and devoted dialogue under the guise of tea time. The five performative installations examine: Coffee Shop Culture, Altered Reality, Associative Influence, Cultural Identity, and our Increasing Desire for Instant Gratification. The bodies of work are made with a combination of Digital Art, Photography, Printmaking, and beverages. After discussion, the viewer will be served a drink chosen by the artist, based on the artists perception of the viewers needs.

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