Chua Ek Kay: Questioning Progress in Singapore

Uploaded by ArtyiiPerspective on 29.08.2010

So now we are going to have a look at one of our Singaporean artist, Chua Ek Kay. It's very sad that he passed on a couple years ago, when he was still very young.
But without at doubt, he is one of Singapore's great artist. As you walk along, you will find that most of the artwork here don't, in an obvious sense, represent what I call political art.
But I want to discuss with you, one piece that I think qualifies in a very direct way - what I call political art.
There is quite a lot of controversy about what this painting means, what he was trying to say, and what kind of comments he was trying to make.
This is what is going on over there. But only half of it is put up over there.
Even one of my colleague has been upset by the fact this is so big. Because she said that, every time she walks underneath that
it is a prank to her cultural sense because it's bad to walk under woman undies, she thinks they're panties.
but people said, how do you tell, it can be anything. What's interesting is, if these are figures, a human being, either putting up the washing or whatever
or just even looking at it. Then it in itself becomes controversial because we are not sure if it's a human figure. It can be anything, it can be a tree stump or whatever
So what Ek Kay had done is very beautifully, I think, gave us a sense of questioning what is around us. I think it raises this important issue
about living in a country which is pressed for space that even intimate garments which are normally not hung up for public display, is hung up for display in Singapore.
On one hand we have great progress. But what the artist might be questioning is
What's this progress all about? I think Ek Kay had done a marvelous piece. On the surface, it is very simple. Looks like a charcoal but it is very interesting
the color is dominantly black. There's one little blue touch there, but doesn't say very much what the blue thing is all about.
I think this it's another political art because it makes a social political commentary on living in Singapore