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Artist Talk, Exhibition

The Two of Them
Liana Yang

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DECK, Singapore’s revolutionary container art space dedicated to contemporary photography, marks the completion of its inaugural Artist-in-Residence (A.i.R.) programme with the launch of a solo exhibition by resident artist Liana Yang on 16 October, 2015, 7.30pm. Titled The Two Of Them, the showcase presents experimental works and ideas fomented during her residency.

Over the period of two months, Liana occupied the Artist Studio at DECK, where she worked in a conducive environment to produce new works. One of her creations was presented during the annual Singapore Night Festival from 21 to 29 August, 2015. Titled With Someone Like You, the installation consisted of over 1,300 pages from romance novels which the artist meticulously redacted to remove selective strips of text. Displayed in a methodical rows and columns, they convey compulsive and obsessive tendencies in romantic relationships, and encourage visitors to literally read between the lines as they interact with the installation.

The main exhibition consists of three other bodies of work — Drinking Lovers’ Spit (2013), Forever is a Long Time (2014) and Year 0 (2015).
This is Liana’s first residency in an artistic career spanning 7 years. The exhibition, which seamlessly switches lenses between the personal and the sociological, examines the subtleties, nuances, contradictions and pitfalls of modern romantic relationships. Combining installation with photography, the works seek to push the boundaries of image creation and presentation.

She said “I hope to unravel the construct of romance and the human conditions that bind couples romantically. In a way the show is also to encourage a discourse on the unconventional wisdoms that are likely to arise from what people have come to call ‘love’.”

Opening Reception
16 October 2015 (Friday), 7.30pm

Artist Residency Tour & Talk
24 October 2015 (Saturday), 3pm

Liana Yang combines photography and installation work to investigate various sociological and psychological relationships. She is drawn to the trivialities and oddities that we encounter in our daily experiences. This includes the enigmatic and unseen aspects of spaces and places, as well as explorations of memory and associations in a contemporary culture.

Her works have been showcased at Nooderlicht International Photofestival, Netherlands, Arles Photography Open Salon, France, Singapore Art Museum@8Q, Artissima 19, Italy and Warsaw Photo Days, Poland. Her three self-published photobooks, have also been selected and showcased internationally in Brighton, UK, Helsinki, Finland, Malmo, Sweden and Tokyo, Japan.

She resides and works in Singapore.

Event Information

17 October 2015 –
4 November 2015
DECK Gallery 1 & 2
120A Prinsep Street
Singapore, 187937 Singapore
Organised by DECK
6734 6578