Zarina Muhammad on Spirit Histories, Shape-shifting Spaces and The Cultural Biographies of Things

“I see thresholds as spaces that hold the greatest potential for both transformation and vulnerability. I’ve always been interested in questions that surround who or what owns the land or the various sea spaces. How do these notions of power, ownership and custodianship change or shape shift over time?”

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Kayleigh Goh on Constructing Quiet Spaces, Using Humble Materials and a Sense of Balance

“When one stays in one place for a long period of time, she or he can end up going through the motions of living there. One could become less mindful of one’s environment. Personally, I feel refreshed by my travelling between the two cities. It switches up my experience of a familiar place, and helps me to grow more aware of my surroundings.”

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Jenny Saville in Ten Works

On 5 October 2018, Jenny Saville made history when her work, Propped, was sold at Sotheby’s for £9.5m. However following the furore of Banksy’s self-destructing painting, media outlets around the world glossed over Saville’s monumental achievement quickly. To bring attention back to Saville, we’ve pulled together ten of her greatest works.

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Lim Qinyi (National Gallery Singapore) on Lim Cheng Hoe's [Not Titled] (Pulau Saigon with a View of Supreme Court)

“Unlike other plein art artists who worked conscientiously towards depicting the subject matter and emotional quality of a particular moment in time, Lim broke away from this mould of documentation to create an ideal picturesque landscape. So even though we describe Lim as a plein air artist, it is clear that he operated beyond that label.”

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Portable Cities and Woven Power: Tents as a Timurid Articulation of Kingship

Tents and tented structures feature prominently within historical accounts and manuscript paintings of the Timurid Dynasty. Despite commissioning impressive structures in Samarqand, the Timurid emirs preferred living in tented encampments. These soft furnishings became pertinent to an articulation of kingship that straddled both peripatetic and settled ways of living.

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