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5 Things To Check Out This Week: A Vintage Tale's Sale, Gajah Gallery's Online Exhibition & More

Our edit of things to do in Singapore.

1. Hit up a vintage sale

Vintage specialist A Vintage Tale has one of the most well-curated and authentic treasure troves in Singapore – think authentic Moschino, Missoni, Valentino and Gucci pieces from the past. They’re clearing their stock currently with a massive sale where you can snap up pieces from $100 per kg of garment – so don’t miss out on this.

July 2-July 5, 11.30pm-7.30pm; #01-01 277 Joo Chiat Rd

2. Check out this online exhibition

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Malaysian artist Kara Inez has formed a provocative body of work consisting of raw, grotesque sculptures resembling fleshy, swollen organs, looking as if they were freshly removed in an intrusive surgery. She creates these works to incite a strong response—one that forces us to grapple with our own disgust and repulsion at the sight, knowing well that these very organs likely resemble what exists within our bodies. Yet, these works reveal more than just our visceral responses: they are a powerful call to a conversation on women’s bodies, health, and pain—a conversation that has, alas, long been silenced in Malaysia. While at first glance, this work appears almost identical to her previous sculptures, this organ has a distinct new feature: it breathes. Once an inanimate body part, it has become a living creature on its own. This unsettling new quality thus invites us to face the myriad ways we grow alien to our own bodies, when society gives us no space to discuss the ugly. Kara's new work is featured in our recently opened exhibition, The Humanity of Small Things. Click the link in our bio to learn more about her work, along with the other pieces featured in the show!

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Gajah Gallery‘s latest online-only exhibition, The Humanity of Small Things, is one that addresses a topic a lot of artists, creatives and everyone, in general, have been facing: how do you find grounding in a period filled with uncertainties? Their answer: get a group of local and regional artists to create small-scale works in the solitude of each artist’s home or studio.

The small size of the works are meant to reflect the growing embracing of the intimate, raw and authentic as opposed to the traditionally glitzy, high-profile art shows, suggesting that what has long been overlooked – the small, daily expressions of beauty and creativity – is now finding their time in the spotlight. Our pick? This provocative gelatinous structure by the fast-rising Malaysian artist Kara Inez, who we recently profiled in our January 2020 Art and Design Edition.

Ongoing till July 12; check it out here

3. Join a discussion on the General Election

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Singapore theatre has not shied away from representing politicians on stage. We have met political candidates in Robert Yeo’s thought-provoking dramas and ministers and ministers-of-state in Tan Tarn How’s razor-sharp satires. Alfian Sa’at has written plays inspired by the hotly contested general elections of 2011 and 2015. But are there still places where theatre-makers fear to tread? At the same time, while artists have talked about politics, how do politicians talk about art? As election season heats up, we scrutinise the various parties’ manifestos and their positions on arts and culture. How will each one score? While we all get ready to head to the ballot box, join theatre-makers Tan Tarn How, Nabilah Said and Adeeb Fazah for this candid and insightful discussion, moderated by our Resident Playwright Alfian Sa’at. This LIVE event will take place on our Facebook and YouTube channel this Thursday (2 July) at 9pm SGT. Mark your calendars!

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Talk of the General Election 2020 has been unavoidable in recent days and this discussion by local theatre stalwart Wild Rice takes an interesting angle to the chatter. Respected theatre-makers Tan Tarn How, Nabilah Said and Adeeb Fazah as well as Wild Rice’s resident playwright Alfian Sa’at will be discussing each contesting parties’ manifestos and in particular, how their respective policies address Singapore’s arts and culture scene. If that’s something that you’re concerned with going into the election, you’ll want to tune in.

July 2, 9pm. Catch the discussion here

4. Join a nostalgia-tinged quiz night

Retro party joint Nineteen80 is putting on its first-ever trivia night and it’s no surprise that the theme focuses on the ’80s. Get a group of friends (five max) to participate – and while you’re at it, the organisers are encouraging you to dress up in your ’80s best (points go to best-dressed folks). The winning team gets a complimentary bottle and a table when Nineteen80 finally reopens.

July 3, 8pm-10pm. Get your tickets here.

5. Get educated on issues that matter

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🔥 IG TAKEOVERS 🔥 During this election period, we’ll be having people across civil society takeover our IG Stories!! We’re really excited for the line-up – our speakers will be taking questions, so tune in with them! We have also compiled a list of email templates that you can use to #AskYourCandidate how they will be supporting these causes. Head to this link and help amplify our voices! (P.S. Sorry about the repost! We corrected some typos and errors in the details.) EDIT: We’ve received feedback that our first title, “is politics the right avenue for change?” can imply that we are de-politicising LGBTQ issues and we apologise! It, by virtue of being affected by legislation and policy, definitely is a political issue, just like the climate crisis. Electoral* politics might be a better framing — in any case, check out Yu Sheng’s salient commentary on our IG stories (saved in our profile)!

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Youth-led non-profit group SG Climate Rally has been an active participant in Singapore’s civil society. Take for instance how they took it upon themselves to stage Singapore’s first climate change rally last Sep. For this year’s General Election, they’ve launched their own scorecard on each contesting party’s environmental policies in their respective manifestos.

Recognising that climate change is a vast, intersectional issue that will affect everyone – marginalised communities in particular – they’ve tapped on activists across the civil society spectrum to speak out on various issues like LGBTQ+ rights, class inequality, migrant workers and so on. Surely you’ll encounter an issue you care about in the line-up – as the daily takeovers happen on IG Stories, you can simply head over to SG Climate Rally’s Instagram page for a peep throughout the day.

July 1-July 8. Head to SG Climate Rally‘s Instagram page for more details. 

Cover Image Courtesy of Kara Inez & Gajah Gallery