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With Someone Like You
an A.i.R. installation by Liana Yang

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The installation specially created for the Singapore Night Festival 2015 during DECK’s Artist-in-Residence programme (A.i.R.), comprises of over 1,200 pages from Romance novels. The artist redacted the pages, leaving behind words and passages that incline to the eroticism and lovers’ clichés often synonymous to this book genre.

The installation examines the ‘rapture’ experienced in love and relationships. The sense of being wrapped up in exhilaration and pleasure when falling in love, or in the presence of someone whom we have amorous feelings for. Via eroticism, the overwhelming emotion of being caught up in the moment or swept off the feet is often linked to this intense pleasure and exhilaration.

The presentation of the installation explores the compulsive & obsessive nature of attaining and maintaining this state of delight in a relationship. While the artist’s redacted text creates a censoring and representation, which also looks at the communicating dysfunctions shared in relationships. However the feelings of rapture may enrich our lives, the work questions whether the enchantment of being in this state of constant rapture is essential or a fantasy.

Liana Yang (b. Singapore) is DECK’s Artist-in-Residence (A.i.R.) from July to September 2015.

Liana 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

21 August 2015, 7:00pm
29 August 2015, 11:55pm
Artist Studio (Level 3)
120A Prinsep Street
Singapore, Singapore 187937 Singapore
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