In the Words of Sherman Ong
The art of female impersonation is always imbued with a sense of longing, melancholy, and tragedy, the performer pining for an ideal when on stage and grappling with reality off stage. My work with Francis, as the mistress of his art, delves into the hidden aspects of Peranakan women, whom we would never see in a photograph in their inner (under) garments (except for that one photo of the nyonya telanjang bulat in the exhibition), and hopes to open up a dialogue with the donated collection of vintage photographs in the Amek Gambar exhibition.
About the speaker
Sherman is a filmmaker, photographer, and visual artist. Winner of the Prudential Eye Awards 2015 for Photography and the ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu Photography Award 2010, Sherman has premiered works in art biennales, major film festivals, and museums around the world. He is a founding member of 13 Little Pictures, a film collective based in Singapore. He also serves on the committee of the Singapore International Photography Festival, is an educator at schools and universities, and was an Associate Artist of the Substation. He was invited to participate in the Singapore Pavilion in the Venice Biennale (2009), which garnered a Special Mention. He was nominated for the APB-Singapore Art Museum Signature Art Prize 2011 and was one of the Top 30 Finalists of the Sovereign Asian Art Award 2016. He collaborated on the Little Sun project headed by Olafur Eliasson, which premiered at the Tate Modern London in 2012. His works are in the collections of the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Singapore Art Museum, and the Seoul Art Center.
Organised in conjunction with the exhibition
Image: Si Punggok Rindukan Bulan (The Owl Pines for the Moon), Sherman Ong. Singapore, 2018. Fine art giclée prints. Collection of the Peranakan Museum. Gift of Mr and Mrs Lee Kip Lee.