Day 1Wednesday 28 July 2021, 16:30
My artwork and essay are under the same topic of the relationship between place and memory. The essay will discuss more about what constitutes a place and how people and place are mutually constitutive with analysis of artworks examples. The topic will also be further expanded to collective memory and the role of monuments and brings out an idea of artwork as the personal monument.
On the other hand, the artwork will focus more on memory as resemblance of the original place. The work will include public performance as part of the making process. The documentary of the performance, together with the actual installation work, will be used for final exhibition in Singapore. The artist will collect textures from around 100 locations in the city of Dongguan, China, where the artist grew up from and currently stay in, and make molds of them using the material of silicone. Once all the pieces are finished, they will be sold as the replicas of the places to the public through a performative sale on street stall. When the context and meaning of a place are erased and left solely with visual replicas, will it change our perceptions and the meaning of the place? What's more, as we are currently living under the pandemic era, people might have less chances to go out and experience the different places in person, which might also bring new perception of the work for the audience.
Chen Yanyi (b. 2000) is a practicing artist who is currently based in Guangdong, China. She graduated in 2020 with a Diploma in Fine Art (3D Practice) in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Singapore. She draws inspirations from the concept of psychogeography and Lieu de Mémoire (site of memory) and her works reflect her concerns in exploring new perceptions of the relationship between the body and the place.