Amanda Heng is a full-time art practitioner. She adopts an interdisciplinary approach to her art practice, focusing on the issues of history, memory, communication and human relationships in urban condition. She has exhibited in major galleries, festivals and artist-run projects in Singapore and the international scene, including the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, the Havana Biennial, the Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial and the inaugural Singapore Biennale. Hailed as one of Singapore’s most important artists by Sean Tobin, the Artistic Director of the Singapore Fringe Festival, her iconic, culturally symbolic performance piece Let’s Walk, which has been performed extensively across both local and international platforms since 1999, has been chosen to be the theme of the Singapore Fringe Festival 2018, the first in a series of installments themed after celebrated Singaporean artists in honour of their significant contributions in shaping the local art scene.
One of the founding members of The Artists’ Village and WITA.SG (Women in the Arts), Heng is a Cultural Medallion recipient who has been a formative figure in the local arts landscape since the 1980s, and she continues to be an important presence, having lectured at Nanyang Technological University and the National Institute of Education, Singapore, and sat on the selection and curatorial committee for the President’s Young Talents Exhibition in 2009. She currently supervises Master of Art students at LASALLE College of the Arts.
In March 2015, Heng began her collaboration with STPI. The inception of this work began with Let’s Chat, Heng’s iconic performance piece, where she engaged twelve participants from all walks of life in a conversation over cleaning beansprouts. Each person chose a treasured object or heirloom as a starting point of conversation. Through this, Heng drew out values central to the individual and that became the foundation of each story. This close engagement with the public is critical to Heng’s practice; her works are noted and celebrated for their universal relevance in highlighting social issues, especially vanishing values and the disintegration of the social fabric in the face of modernity. We Are the World – These Are Our Stories embodies the earnest spirit of this pioneer female artist in bringing about social change—through creating art that has meaning for the ordinary man and woman.