For the first Lepak Reading of 2018, as well as the last before the official opening of iARC's new space at 71 Aliwal Street, Chan Li Shan will be sharing about her work and writing.
About the session
In this ‘Lepak Reading’ session, I will talk about my recent work, and possibly some past work, which includes an SG50/100 project on cleaners in Singapore. (Link: https://lishanchan.wordpress.com/2015-would-you-look-down-on-me/
It's a bit scary to discuss work still in progress, but 'Taking my Sunflowers for a Walk' is a biographical piece about a boy from Singapore who just wants to fit in. He comes to realise that he must learn to be himself, and discovers the joys and sorrows of becoming an artist. A chronicle of courage, resourcefulness and will-power, it is the story of Lee Wen and his life in art, as a member of The Artists Village and an apprentice of the enigmatic artist Tang Da Wu who pioneered performance art in Singapore and Southeast Asia.
We can also discuss processes in biography writing. Topics may include: the fiction-nonfiction divide, how much invention there might be in biography writing, the artist’s personal history or other areas of social and cultural history and the role it plays in understanding artworks, and the discovery of self in writing about other lives.
Chan Li Shan is currently a writer-in-residence at Sing Lit Station.
About Lepak Readings
“Lepak Readings” is an evening programme hosted by iARC that gives practitioners space to share their work or practice on an informal basis.
Forward programme at iARC
20 January 2018, 3.30pm: Performance Art – On the Road Again by Lee Wen
20 January 2018, 4pm: Film screening - Singapore Minstrel. Q&A with Roy Payamal and film director Ng Xi Jie thereafter. *Ticketed event
20 January 2018, 7pm to late: LoopAsia
27 January 2018, 7pm: Lepak Readings – Kray Chen
24 February 2018: Short Course - 'A Mind Open to Ideas' by Kelvin Tan. *Ticketed event
With the new space, iARC urgently requires assistance from its supporters and the people who benefit from its presence.
Cash and cheque donations, big or small, are accepted at iARC itself and will go toward overhead costs like rental and utilities, archival costs like digitisation and conservation of objects and year-round programming like fair fees for musicians and artists for gigs and talks.
In-kind donations through labour and objects is also welcome. This includes assisting us in cataloguing efforts, maintenance works around the archive and donation of curtains, old furniture, and so on.
Finally, we are looking for people to collaborate with us. Talk to us for your gigs, film screenings, workshops, short courses, exhibitions, talks, research work, etc. and we will make things happen together.