Embodying broad themes of history and memory, Heng’s latest explorations with the STPI Workshop has led to a multidisciplinary production that encompasses both performance as well as visual elements. Spun around the stories of twelve individuals, the exhibition invites viewers to rediscover the reconstructed significance of another’s cherished belongings – and the intimate memories tied to them. In collaboration with the participants, Heng used the treasured objects or heirlooms offered by the individuals as starting points for an exploratory process of sharing. This process was catalysed by her performatory work Let’s Chat (1999), in which the preparation of beansprouts brought people together and facilitated conversations sharing and recollection.
One of the founding members of The Artist’s Village and WITA.SG (Women in the Arts), Amanda Heng is a Cultural Medallion recipient and has lectured at Nanyang Technological University and the National Institute of Education, Singapore. She currently supervises Master of Art students at LASALLE College of the Arts. Heng joined nine other artists, including Wilson Shieh, Yuken Teruya, Navin Rawanchaikul, Lin Tianmiao, Xu Bing, and Michael Lin to produce a joint portfolio at STPI ten years ago, which was then presented at ‘Asian Contemporary Art in Print’, a collaboration between Asia Society (New York) and STPI, as part of the Asia Society’s 50th anniversary. Prior to her residency at STPI, Heng completed a residency with the NTU Centre of Contemporary Art Singapore (CCA) in 2015.