2011 Mentorship Program – Competition

After about hundreds of email exchanges, twenty individual chats, five group chats, a few coffee sessions and two dinners, the Clang Mentorship Program 2011 has come to an end this August.

I have asked each mentee to submit a series of work and their artist statements. I have also invited five notable industry experts to each pick a winner. They are (in alphabetical order):

1) AeLi Park, Agent / theCollectiveShift
2) Amelia Abdullahsani, Co-Founder / Lu Magnus
3) Cindy Rivet, Senior Partner, Manager of Art Buying / Ogilvy & Mather
4) Gwen Lee, Director / 2902 Gallery
5) Jae Choi, Managing Director / theCollectiveShift

The public is also encouraged to cast their votes. You can either write the name of the mentee at the comment section below, or send an email to mentor@clangart.com by Sept 16 (Fri), 11:59pm EST.

Please only submit one name once. Results will be announced before Oct 3, together with next year’s call for submission.

The name with the most public votes will constitute one “vote”, making it a total of 6 votes. Winner will receive a grant of up to $1,000 from Clang to produce his/her next project, and the new work will be shared with the public. A small token prize ($250 shopping voucher) will also be given to the one who picked the correct winner via the public vote. He/She will be selected by random.org.

Testimonials of this year’s mentees can be found here:
http://www.clangart.com/blog/2011-mentorship-program-testimonials/

Alecia Neo, http://www.villaalicia.info










Artist Statement:
VILLA ALICIA is a site specific work that pays tribute to the act of remembering and to the home of Dr Nalla Tan (88), a prominent physician, who suffers from advanced Alzheimer’s Disease, a few days before the entire 1950s style house is demolished.

The Tan family has made the painful decision to sell the house and relocate this year. This August, the family will shift out and leave behind 40 years of memories, which are embodied in this space.

Out of this family’s relocation was born the opportunity and desire to explore the themes of memory, space and embodiment.

In Villa Alicia, old family photographs from the Tan family’s treasured photo albums are restaged for the camera. Intimate moments recreated by strangers. The different families, in turn, come together to create new memories of past moments. In many ways, these photographs are mirrors. They captured someone else’s experiences, but echo moments familiar to the viewer’s own.

Through the re-staging old family photographs, Dr Nalla Tan’s personal biography and condition is used as the vehicle for provoking thoughts and emotions about the larger issue at hand: Dr Nalla Tan forgets because of Alzheimer’s Disease, but does Singapore society risk forgetting too in a similar phenomena of forced forgetting through the development of the landscape and destruction of memory-infused materiality?

Installations and soundscapes in different spaces in the house seek to evoke in the participants the range of emotions experienced by an Alzheimer’s sufferer as well as the abstract phenomena of how memory functions.

I see the value in capturing the fragility of memories, people and spaces, through a rare opportunity in having access to the home of a prominent person; the contrast of generations, the new and the old, and the loss faced as memory fails you.



Ali Chen







Artist Statement:
I try to dig out the invisible characters like boys from every kind different women and girls with different social positions and ages. In the same time, I also try to indicate the phenomenon nowadays is no difference between girls and boys.

Take me for example, I can also be “girl” and be “boy” in the same time. And I hope we can see this world with no any sexual discrimination by this case, we are just the same as the beginning we were born.



Debbie Tea









Artist Statement:
Biyls
The idea of ‘identity’ always intrigues me. How one gives an impression; how one stimulates; how one affects oneself and the others.

In ‘Biyls’ (taken from the terms ‘boys’ (male) and ‘girls’ (female)), I attempted to investigate certain attributes of genders in today’s society and present what I’ve rediscovered further that I’ve always believed in.

The mainstream of today’s society believes that the notions of masculinity and femininity are developing into something ambiguous and questionable each day. The suddenly occurring symptom of the so-called ‘grey areas’ in this matter even makes things more complex and hard to accept; not to mention how the belief systems have furthermore partook in intensifying the controversy.

“There are always two sides to a coin.” as they said. I profoundly believe that each gender consists of masculinity and femininity; be it male, female, third gender, fourth gender, fifth gender or just some gender. Those fundamentals simply make us a living being.

What I’m proposing in ‘Biyls’, is not an outcome I picked up, gathered then constructed from various places; it is in fact, something that I believe has always been existing in the first place that is never related with the matters of ‘right’ or ‘wrong’; nor something we could free willingly decide or modify to begin with.

With this portrayal, I’m hoping that the mainstream would eventually unbind its blindfold; care to explore the ‘unseen layers’ within certain genders through a whole set of brand new x-ray goggles. Thenceforth, acknowledging what have been denied and labeled as taboo, for those things aren’t easy to be perceived by the naked eye, nor outside the current social norms.



Lavender Chang










Artist Statement:
Unconsciousness: Consciousness
This series is about recording the time I am disconnected from the world. Each photograph represents one night of sleep. Do I still exist if the camera does not record my presence? Light and time alter my existence on the film. It is absorbed into the environment. My photographs show the effects of time and movement, uncovering the abstract that is under our reality. They show the passage of time during my unconscious state. While the environment is still, my body movements suggest time’s passing. I am the maker and the subject. When the environment is constant and my body and the light are the only movement in the image, the bed becomes a stage. I become a performer. These images are a performance created overnight as time passes around my sleeping body.


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136 Comments »

  1. Lavender Chang +1

    Comment by Qiu Dejin — September 1, 2011 @ 12:16 pm
  2. Alecia Neo

    Comment by yang — September 1, 2011 @ 1:16 pm
  3. Sam Kang Li

    Comment by yang — September 1, 2011 @ 1:16 pm
  4. Alecia Neo

    Comment by Jonathan — September 1, 2011 @ 1:51 pm
  5. Lavender Chang

    Comment by Xiang — September 1, 2011 @ 1:58 pm
  6. Debbie Tea

    Comment by Lydia — September 1, 2011 @ 2:13 pm
  7. Alecia Neo

    Comment by Tan Kok Hong — September 1, 2011 @ 2:24 pm
  8. Alecia Neo

    Comment by Chris W — September 1, 2011 @ 2:40 pm
  9. Alecia Neo

    Comment by Suzzana Chew — September 1, 2011 @ 3:11 pm
  10. Alecia Neo

    Comment by Celeste — September 1, 2011 @ 3:55 pm
  11. Lavendar Chang

    Comment by Daniella C — September 1, 2011 @ 4:12 pm
  12. Lavender Chang

    Comment by Taylor O — September 1, 2011 @ 4:14 pm
  13. DEBBIE TEA!

    Comment by Olivia — September 1, 2011 @ 4:21 pm
  14. Debbie Tea

    Comment by Gayle Taliaferro — September 1, 2011 @ 4:31 pm
  15. alicia neo!

    Comment by vr — September 1, 2011 @ 4:33 pm
  16. Debbie Tea

    Comment by Holly — September 1, 2011 @ 4:33 pm
  17. Sam Kang Li

    Comment by nadja — September 1, 2011 @ 4:34 pm
  18. Very creative

    Comment by Mariko Komatsu — September 1, 2011 @ 4:34 pm
  19. Debbie Tea

    Comment by Mariko Komatsu — September 1, 2011 @ 4:35 pm
  20. I like Debbie Tea & Lavender Chang’s pieces!

    Comment by Justine — September 1, 2011 @ 4:36 pm
  21. Debbie Tea

    Comment by Cool Matt — September 1, 2011 @ 4:39 pm
  22. Alecia Neo

    Comment by April Tripodi — September 1, 2011 @ 4:44 pm
  23. Alecia Neo

    Comment by H — September 1, 2011 @ 4:52 pm
  24. Alecia Neo

    Comment by June — September 1, 2011 @ 5:00 pm
  25. I vote for Alecia Neo for sure!!

    Comment by Peggy — September 1, 2011 @ 7:50 pm
  26. Alecia Neo!

    Comment by David Lang — September 1, 2011 @ 8:43 pm
  27. Alecia Neo :)

    Comment by liping — September 1, 2011 @ 8:49 pm
  28. Alecia Neo

    Comment by Clarence — September 1, 2011 @ 9:27 pm
  29. Alecia Neo

    Comment by JoshC — September 1, 2011 @ 9:28 pm
  30. DEBBIE TEA

    Comment by hili — September 1, 2011 @ 9:37 pm
  31. DEBBIE TEA!

    Comment by AlbertL — September 1, 2011 @ 10:28 pm
  32. Alecia Neo!

    Comment by Evelyn Ooi — September 1, 2011 @ 10:29 pm
  33. Debbie tea!

    Comment by Shazz — September 1, 2011 @ 10:56 pm
  34. Alecia Neo

    Comment by Boo Sze Yang — September 1, 2011 @ 11:09 pm
  35. Alecia Neo +1

    Comment by Shawn — September 1, 2011 @ 11:23 pm
  36. Alecia!

    Comment by Benny — September 1, 2011 @ 11:24 pm
  37. Ali Chen!

    Comment by Zhang Shao Juan — September 1, 2011 @ 11:47 pm
  38. Alecia Neo

    Comment by Imran — September 1, 2011 @ 11:58 pm
  39. Alecia Neo! Awesome work!

    Comment by Amanda — September 2, 2011 @ 12:10 am
  40. Debbie Tea Definitely

    Comment by Niko — September 2, 2011 @ 12:54 am
  41. lavender chang +1

    Comment by stella — September 2, 2011 @ 2:04 am
  42. Debbie Tea for all the way!!

    Comment by Ivan — September 2, 2011 @ 3:02 am
  43. Debbie Tea

    Comment by DewiA — September 2, 2011 @ 3:10 am
  44. <3 for Debbie, amazing pieces

    Comment by Hendra — September 2, 2011 @ 3:49 am
  45. Debbie Tea +1 !

    Comment by Boed — September 2, 2011 @ 3:59 am
  46. Debbie Tea Rocks!!!!

    Comment by Rachman Andriecht — September 2, 2011 @ 7:22 am
  47. Alecia Neo!

    Comment by Tessa Shaw — September 2, 2011 @ 7:24 am
  48. Alecia Neo

    Comment by brick — September 2, 2011 @ 7:30 am
  49. Alecia Neo

    Comment by Mintio — September 2, 2011 @ 7:32 am
  50. Alecia Neo and Lavender Chang

    Comment by Hanzhi — September 2, 2011 @ 8:12 am
  51. I…Loving it!! Lavander Chang!! rocks.

    Comment by Tristanc Chang — September 2, 2011 @ 8:36 am
  52. Lavendar Chang

    Comment by val chiang — September 2, 2011 @ 8:46 am
  53. Lavender Chang ^^

    Comment by Yeow Hon — September 2, 2011 @ 8:54 am
  54. alecia neo!

    Comment by Nicole Tan — September 2, 2011 @ 9:00 am
  55. Lavender Chang!

    Comment by Wesley Leon Aroozoo — September 2, 2011 @ 9:15 am
  56. Debbie Tea

    Comment by Dionne Ong — September 2, 2011 @ 10:20 am
  57. Lavender Chang~

    Comment by Winson TAi — September 2, 2011 @ 10:35 am
  58. Absolutely Lavender Chang ^^ Beautiful works!

    Comment by Gosuke Uno — September 2, 2011 @ 10:55 am
  59. Alecia Neo

    Comment by Emilia — September 2, 2011 @ 11:00 am
  60. DEBBIE TEA !!!!

    Comment by Mahwari Sadewa Jalutama — September 2, 2011 @ 11:27 am
  61. Lavender Chang

    Comment by Yi-Sheng — September 2, 2011 @ 11:30 am
  62. ALECIA NEO

    Comment by Aidah Rauf — September 2, 2011 @ 11:50 am
  63. Alecia Neo

    Comment by Patricia Lee — September 2, 2011 @ 12:14 pm
  64. DEBBIE TEA :) )

    Comment by Fronika — September 2, 2011 @ 12:23 pm
  65. Alecia Neo

    Comment by Denise Yap — September 2, 2011 @ 12:34 pm
  66. Alecia.

    Comment by Jing — September 2, 2011 @ 12:46 pm
  67. DEBBIE TEA — THE EXTRAORDINARY

    Comment by Homeric — September 2, 2011 @ 2:58 pm
  68. Vote for Debbie Tea!

    Comment by Triny — September 2, 2011 @ 6:34 pm
  69. DEBBIE TEA, extraordinary!

    Comment by Homeric — September 2, 2011 @ 7:19 pm
  70. Debbie Tea, where photography and craftsmen collide :)

    Comment by Ivan Sitorus — September 2, 2011 @ 10:04 pm
  71. Alecia Neo

    Comment by Jovian — September 2, 2011 @ 10:23 pm
  72. ‘Crazy’ photos from Debbie Tea

    Comment by Harjonohalim — September 2, 2011 @ 10:29 pm
  73. Lavender Chang

    Comment by Stanley Lai — September 3, 2011 @ 3:16 am
  74. Very interesting thoughts from an Artistic point of view… very creative in the image outcome, natural yet not normally captured by camera… colours are wonderfully shown.
    loved it!
    M
    (ex-producer of shooting gallery & wishing well)

    Comment by Maybelle Koh — September 3, 2011 @ 3:49 am
  75. Lavender Chang

    Comment by Siyi — September 3, 2011 @ 6:18 am
  76. Alecia Neo

    Comment by Kai — September 3, 2011 @ 9:23 am
  77. Alecia Neo :D

    Comment by Munkster — September 3, 2011 @ 10:51 am
  78. Lavender Chang

    Comment by Zedy — September 3, 2011 @ 11:37 am
  79. alecia!

    Comment by sock — September 3, 2011 @ 11:52 am
  80. Alecia Neo – I find the concept meaningful. Love the tinge of a modern twist to old-style portrait photography. She mentioned installation and soundscape… was that carried out? Sunds great (:

    Comment by geok — September 3, 2011 @ 12:12 pm
  81. Lavender Chang

    Comment by Mike — September 3, 2011 @ 5:49 pm
  82. Alecia Neo

    Comment by Sally Tay — September 4, 2011 @ 7:35 am
  83. Lavender Chang!

    Comment by Lisa Goh — September 4, 2011 @ 11:30 am
  84. Alecia Neo

    Comment by Swee Peng — September 4, 2011 @ 11:56 am
  85. Lavender Chang

    Comment by Dom — September 4, 2011 @ 1:20 pm
  86. Debbie Tea! Once I saw the photos, they wowed me! Nice and intriguing concept

    Comment by Nia — September 4, 2011 @ 5:34 pm
  87. lavender chang

    Comment by itisherethatmynamewillnotaffectanything — September 4, 2011 @ 9:02 pm
  88. Lavender Chang!

    Comment by Tse Wei — September 4, 2011 @ 9:55 pm
  89. Lavender Chang

    Comment by Sim Jiajin — September 5, 2011 @ 12:07 am
  90. Sam Kang Li, thanks for putting yourself out there

    Comment by Sophie — September 5, 2011 @ 3:49 am
  91. ALECIA NEO

    Comment by Wei Ling — September 5, 2011 @ 4:19 am
  92. SAM KANGLI – it has to be him.

    Comment by CYKONG — September 5, 2011 @ 4:24 am
  93. Debbie Tea!! I’ll vote for her any day of the week and twice on Sundays!!

    Comment by Cau — September 5, 2011 @ 7:48 am
  94. Debbie Tea!!

    Comment by Abigail Witjaksono — September 5, 2011 @ 7:50 am
  95. Debbie Tea, Mesmerizing indeed. :)

    Comment by Rizal Ansory — September 5, 2011 @ 8:04 am
  96. Debbie Tea any day of the week! And twice on Sundays!!

    Comment by Cau — September 5, 2011 @ 9:07 am
  97. Debbie Tea’s work of art is awesome. love it. :)

    Comment by liliy — September 5, 2011 @ 9:19 am
  98. DEBBIE TEA

    Comment by suci nurinsni — September 5, 2011 @ 9:37 am
  99. Debbie Tea

    Comment by Tasya — September 5, 2011 @ 10:55 am
  100. Lavender Chang

    Comment by CheeK — September 6, 2011 @ 4:30 am
  101. Definitely Alecia Neo. Love the unique installation and the concept behind it touches the inner conscious. Wish I had more time to listen to all the recordings at the dining table.

    You rock Ms Neo!

    Comment by Gracie Tam — September 6, 2011 @ 11:47 am
  102. Lavender Chang

    Comment by Angel — September 6, 2011 @ 12:08 pm
  103. Alecia Neo..!!!

    Comment by Jade.C — September 7, 2011 @ 5:22 am
  104. Lavender Chang

    Comment by Calvin — September 7, 2011 @ 6:12 am
  105. Debbie Tea

    Comment by Sun. — September 7, 2011 @ 7:31 am
  106. Alecia’s work was really awesome, it brought all memories to life with the mix of modern and old-style. Every shot captured was fantastic – showing expressions and memories from past.
    GREAT JOB x10!!!

    Comment by Alecia Neo — September 7, 2011 @ 10:09 am
  107. Lavender Chang!

    Comment by Wei Yen — September 7, 2011 @ 10:43 am
  108. Lavender Chang

    Comment by Yan Wei — September 7, 2011 @ 12:57 pm
  109. sam kang li

    Comment by Michelle — September 7, 2011 @ 10:57 pm
  110. Debbie Tea!

    Comment by Azima — September 8, 2011 @ 9:02 am
  111. One in a zillion Debbie Tea!

    Comment by Paki — September 8, 2011 @ 11:13 am
  112. Debbie Tea, of course.

    Comment by Cherrie — September 9, 2011 @ 7:47 am
  113. Debbie Tea. :) sangat kamu sekali.

    Comment by Nana — September 9, 2011 @ 1:01 pm
  114. Lavendar Chang

    Comment by Billy — September 10, 2011 @ 2:08 am
  115. Debbie Tea! c:

    Comment by Keasha — September 10, 2011 @ 3:29 am
  116. Lavender Chang

    Comment by dong — September 10, 2011 @ 2:25 pm
  117. Lavender Chang

    Comment by zy — September 12, 2011 @ 6:45 am
  118. Debbie Tea

    Comment by Hendrik — September 12, 2011 @ 7:54 am
  119. Debbie Tea!

    Comment by Dina — September 12, 2011 @ 8:28 am
  120. Debbie Tea! Debbie Tea! Debbie Tea! Debbie Tea! Debbie Tea! :D

    Comment by mimo — September 13, 2011 @ 4:05 am
  121. Lavender Chang

    Comment by Jonathan — September 14, 2011 @ 1:03 am
  122. Alecia Neo gave site specific exhibition a new meaning! I loved the old and new integration and creating a new narrative.

    Comment by Jeffrey Tan — September 14, 2011 @ 5:56 am
  123. Absolutely Debbie Tea.

    Comment by Terry Richards — September 14, 2011 @ 8:33 am
  124. Lavender Chang

    Comment by Anne — September 14, 2011 @ 10:51 pm
  125. Lavender Chang

    Comment by Chih Chun — September 15, 2011 @ 9:01 am
  126. for me many photographs stay as photographs, they look pretty in the beholders’ eyes — delightful in colors and compotition. but DEBBIE TEA’s works (”Biyls” and some others, eg. “Nebula”, the absent of the “Christmas Trees,” so on) don’t really show much of those ‘prettiness’… they look so ‘frank’ yet full of mystery (as her personality is)…the works that pull us in, ‘tantalizing’ us, let us play with her thoughts and idea, we become ‘engage’ with her works,..like a ‘playground’ she creates for the viewers to be amused with, and leave us to answer all those ‘questions’ and mystery ourselves — it’s more then just delightful, it’s a ‘nirvana’ for me who appreciate not only the beauty but the deep mind and concept :) . definitely DEBBIE! <3

    Comment by Ping — September 15, 2011 @ 5:10 pm
  127. Lavender Chang

    Comment by az — September 15, 2011 @ 9:53 pm
  128. Debbie Tea

    Comment by Ciel — September 16, 2011 @ 9:02 am
  129. Lavender Chang :)

    Comment by Si Jie — September 16, 2011 @ 9:38 pm
  130. Lavender Chang

    Comment by Clarence — September 16, 2011 @ 9:48 pm
  131. Lavender Chang

    Comment by Si Jie — September 16, 2011 @ 9:49 pm
  132. Lavendar Chang :)

    Comment by ry — September 16, 2011 @ 10:02 pm
  133. debbie tea

    Comment by cid — September 19, 2011 @ 1:16 pm
  134. DEBBIE TEA … asik makan-makan =P

    Comment by Gian Dhalimarta — September 20, 2011 @ 12:58 am
  135. Lavender Chang!

    Comment by reg — September 20, 2011 @ 4:58 am
  136. Oops a little late to cast my vote. Good luck to all, and continue to persist in what you believe in!

    Comment by Tristan Cai — September 26, 2011 @ 6:09 am

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