The resurgence of the 2000s and its pop culture icons like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan have been inescapable, especially in fashion, over the last few years. Now a multi-dimensional work that riffs on them has arrived courtesy of Fated love sky – both the name of an exhibition staged as part of Singapore Art Week and the two-year-old curatorial group behind it.
Made up of the artist Chand Chandramohan and arts producer Racy Lim, the duo creates fun and humorous visual art experiences lensed through the themes of agency, healing and femme pop. According to Lim, the latter is “a mixture of hyper-femininity, hyper-feminism and cyber-feminism”, though Chandramohan has a simpler description of what they do: “We’re a bunch of people having fun and celebrating the absurdity of our existence.”
To witness and try to break down all of this zaniness, skip over to Block One at Gillman Barracks from January 6 to 15, where they’ve roped in emerging Singapore artists Howie Kim, Leann Herlihy, Mithra Jeevananthan, Rifqi Amirul Rosli and Weixin Quek Chong to create a campy “love motel”. Before that, we got the pair to discuss the art world’s refiguring of femininity today; the power of 2000s icons like Paris Hilton; and why a splash of whimsy and a smudge of bad taste never hurt.