In my second iteration of TPAM Direction, I spotlight independent artists from Singapore who consciously work beyond the nation-state frame with collaborators and communities to articulate shared (be) longings within global complexities.
What is at stake for this generation of artists from a young island-state that gained its Independence only in 1965? Bred in a model system envied by regional neighbours for its strict discipline, economic miracle and multicultural life, what tales of distinction and difference are they compelled to tell? What worlds do they (wish to) connect to?
Whose story do they tell? Some singular stories from a small city. Let’s start.
Tang Fu Kuen
(Independent Dramaturg, Producer and Curator)
Tang Fu Kuen is an independent Bangkok-based cultural worker in contemporary performance and visual fields, working in Asia and Europe. He was the sole curator of the Singapore pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale. He has worked in the Singapore Arts Festival, Indonesian Dance Festival, In Transit Festival (Berlin), Bangkok Fringe Festival, Colombo Dance Platform, amongst others.