Carving Water, Melting Stones

Artist: Hu Yun
installation, sound, video | 4K video with sound, ice sculpture and sound installation | 2019

Hu Yun considers himself“a mediator between everyday stories and gossips and state-sanctioned histories.” For SB2019, he explores how the diorama becomes ‘present’ in contemporary art even as it connects with an older craft tradition. Taking off from the historical dioramas exhibited at the National Museum of Singapore in the 1980s, the work’s film component sees Hu Yun revisiting Paete, the Philippine town where the woodcarvers who created these dioramas came from. He also collaborates with students of Elias Park Primary School in Singapore, which currently houses some of these dioramas. Their imaginations activated by the dioramas, the students propose visions of a world or a landscape – in conversation with a topography of present-day Singapore, carved from ice.


Singapore Biennale 2019 - Every Step In The Right Direction | 2019.11.22 - 2020.03.22 | Asian Civilisations Museum(Singapore, Singapore) | Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay(Singapore) | Far East Plaza(Singapore, Singapore) | Gillman Barracks(Singapore, Singapore) | LASALLE College of the Arts(Singapore, Singapore) | National Gallery Singapore(Singapore, Singapore) | National Library of Singapore(Singapore, Singapore) | National Museum of Singapore(Singapore, Singapore) | Singapore Art Museum (SAM)(Singapore, Singapore) | SMU de Suantio Gallery(Singapore) | W!LD RICE @ Funan