Adeline Kueh

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Adeline Kueh makes installations, photography and embodied works that reconsider the relationship we have with things and rituals around us. Her works are imbued with a sense of desire and longing, and act as modern-day totems that explore personal histories and overlooked moments. Using drawing as a conceptual tool, Kueh tries to map out the historical trajectories across time and space through her use of found objects and new production. In light of the ecological turn, Kueh’s immediate concerns have shifted towards ideas around intimate labour, and the politics and poetics of care. Works made are seen as social objects inscribed with histories and narratives while simultaneously questioning the kinds of knowledge that are produced.

The works produced during Kueh’s residency focused on the transformative acts against forgetting, and ideas around intimate/invisible labour within the home are used as departure points. Producing significant bodies of work during her three-week residency—all of which circles back to her central focus—, her artworks are imbued with candid, raw emotions where she enquired if love has texture. In the later part of her residency where various persons and communities were engaged as crafters, the artist also took care to mediate between the flows of capital and labour.

Kueh has exhibited in the United Kingdom, USA, South Korea, The Netherlands, Turkey, Indonesia, Serbia, Australia and Singapore. Rooted in critical studies, Adeline has also chaired and presented at a number of cultural studies conferences in the UK, Germany, Australia, Finland, Hungary, Singapore and Malaysia. Currently a Senior Lecturer with the MA Fine Arts programme (with the McNally School of Fine Arts, LASALLE College of the Arts), Kueh’s research interests include notions of hauntings and monstrosity within Southeast Asian contexts, architecture, and adaptive design.

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