I’m thankful for the opportunity to curate with Chankerk, the first exhibition of Shirley Poh – “Life Series” (Download the exhibition essay written by me here: Exhibition Essay – “Life Series”).
Setting up:Chankerk is the most experienced amongst us at hanging shows. He had to rush off for a meeting though so it’s up us 3 ladies to hold the fort! Xinyi lending her keen eye to see if the paintings are hung exaaactly right: And it’s finally done!! Now, to wait until the guests start streaming in at 6-ish, 7 when the opening is scheduled to start. The star of the night – artist behind all the paintings:Guests leaving well wishes for Shirley in the guestbook:Exhibition postcards designed by Xinyi:The crowd:Chankerk introducing the exhibition:Much of “Life” in Shirley’s case is spent living amongst people – at work and within a large, close-knitted extended family. What struck me most that night were the people from Shirley’s life congregating in the gallery whose universal concerns inspired the series on display. Did they see themselves mirrored within the picture frames?