There’s A New Initiative That Showcases A Personal Side To Art In People’s Homes

You're probably familiar with independent arts organisation Oh! Open House and their signature walkabout events where they thrust familiar neighbourhoods such as Tiong Bahru and Marine Parade into new light with commissioned artworks placed within homes in the area. Their newest program, Passport, switches things up a little. They've enlisted six hosts across the island (not bound to any one neighbourhood) to partner with six artists to actively co-create new artworks together — based on the hosts' personal stories and backgrounds. In other words, the hosts, most of whom do not have backgrounds in the arts, are almost akin to muses for the artworks, instead of just opening up their homes as venues. As you may have surmised from the title of the program, Passport takes it cue from themes of identity, citizenship and belonging — all themes which are extremely pertinent to today's socio-political climate. Passport will be taking place over three consecutive weekends March 16 - 31, one ticket will entitle you to one of the six experiences, the location of which will be revealed upon purchase. Instead of the static act of coming into a home and viewing artworks, Passport promises to be a more immersive, interactive experience; several of the works require audience participation to be realised and some will also be staged outdoors, so keep those brollies (and sunscreen) at hand. Highlights to look out for include embroidery artist Nature Shankar (featured in our January issue), who will be showcasing a melange of donated objects by folks from all walks of life alongside a special tasting menu devised by her hosts. Multi-disciplinary artist Mike HJ Chang and his hosts will be coming up with a "living" television sculpture that allows audiences to pick and choose which stories they'd like to hear. We can't wait to check it out.

This article is originally published on Female Singapore.

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