Web Review: Motherland @ Chan Hampe

ArtAsiaPacific
Jan 8, 2014 3:44AM

There is something ambiguous about the notion of a “motherland.” It suggests a place of stasis and safety, and has ties to identity, but it also raises the more precarious promise of “home.” Few other concepts so inflame categories such as ethnicity and race—it connotes the aspirations of immigrants, the nostalgia of landscapes, as well as the bonds of the heart. This month, three artists at Chan Hampe Galleries tackled such notions in relation to their native land of Singapore in the multi-disciplinary exhibition “Motherland.”

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