Harper's Bazaar (Singapore) - - HARPERS BAZAAR ART -­en­dar/113-letschat

Delv­ing into themes of col­lec­tive mem­ory, na­tional iden­tity and gen­der pol­i­tics, Heng is cred­ited with in­tro­duc­ing fem­i­nist dis­course into Sin­ga­pore’s art scene with her early per­for­mance pieces. She came into promi­nence with works like Let’s Walk (1999), where she walked back­wards, bare­foot and with a high-heeled shoe in her mouth and a mir­ror in her hand, as a state­ment on women’s progress in the con­text of Sin­ga­pore’s re­lent­less de­vel­op­ment. Heng’s mul­tidis­ci­plinary prac­tice also com­prises fo­rums, in­ter­ven­tions, work­shops and, most re­cently, print-mak­ing with her show, “We Are the World - These Are Our Sto­ries” at STPI. She re-staged her sem­i­nal work Let’s Chat (2006), hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with 12 col­lab­o­ra­tors about ob­jects of unique sig­nif­i­cance to them, while pluck­ing the tips of beansprouts, a tra­di­tional do­mes­tic com­mu­nal task. Col­lab­o­ra­tors then ex­plored their mem­o­ries through print­ing and pa­per­mak­ing with Heng’s guid­ance. The re­sult was a sin­gle work com­pris­ing 24 prints and their dig­i­tal ex­ten­sions. Let's Chat is part of “Ra­dio Malaya: Abridged Con­ver­sa­tions About Art” at the NUS Mu­seum. Visit

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