Peace Prosperity And Friendship With All Nations, an exhibition by Heman Chong
STPI Gallery is pleased to announce Peace Prosperity And Friendship With All Nations, Heman Chong’s first solo exhibition at the gallery.
From the Brexit coin, the backdoors of embassies, the spy novel, and the Straits Times to the QR codes of Singapore’s COVID-19 SafeEntry system, the artworks in the exhibition bring together a constellation of conceptual gestures based upon everyday encounters and autobiographical objects that chronicle the complex political and cultural landscape of our present moment.
Chong’s deadpan conceptualism in Peace Prosperity And Friendship With All Nations leaves one unsure if they should laugh or cry. In the face of such expansive and everyday systems, the artworks, like the exhibition title, are ironic – at first funny and absurd and later bureaucratically insidious and unnerving. They are like bad jokes falling flat as reality sinks in.
This exhibition is curated by Kathleen Ditzig.
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