Solo Exhibition by Wai Teik
5 – 29 April 2018
Singapore is a new nation with deep roots in Chinese history, offerings examines how we construct and hold on to tradition in a time and place that is becoming in the artist views’ increasing ‘rootless’. Within the series, Wai Teik experiments with visual representations and social commentaries in a style seemingly at diametrical opposites.
The April 5th opening date marks astronomically the coming of spring and falling on Qing Ming Festival, denotes the occasion to remember, honor and tend to the graves of deceased ancestors. In rethinking, reimagining, and reworking the traditional representation of the ritual of offering, Wai Teik has imparted a contemporary sensibility to a mysterious progression in narrative.
“…I’ve always been fascinated by the Chinese practice of venerating the deceased, and how this ritual still lives on in modern Singapore. I want to reimagine this tradition through a 21st century lens that’s informed by pop culture, fashion, science and technology…” Wai Teik
This body of works bridge the past with the present, Eastern & Western ideologies, and invites discourse and conversation.
Creative Director / Photographer: Wai Teik
Wardrobe stylist / Props: Josiah Chua
Makeup artist: Larry Yeo
Hairstylist: Alicia Tey
Model: Barbie S / Upfront
Photography assistant: Seth
Creative director / Concept: Wai Teik
Editor: Theodore Eu