The return of the Young Talent Programme by Affordable Art Fair and ION Art in Autumn brings forward new artists to watch on your radar. One of the eight emerging artists in Southeast Asia is photographer 34-year-old Melissa Ho Xueling, also known as Holeng. 'Old Dutch House' is part one of a series of ten, titled 'Lyrical Memoirs'. Studying old Southeast Asian houses before they are destroyed, the photographs and video installations present the hybridity of Southeast Asia's Indo-European architecture.
For eight years, Holeng was invited to stay with her friends in their inherited homes in Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand. The houses Holeng selected have been maintained, inhabited and kept for more than four generations. They aren't necessarily kept for financial gain, but instead retained for the continuity of future generations. They also stand to detail a culture shift from a condition caused by the lack of sustainability of these old houses and the artistic intervention of modernization.
Exploring ideas of socio-cultural and anthropological studies, Holeng questions whether the current Generation Y lack a sense of belonging or commitment to their ancestral homes, questioning the meaning of heritage in today's urbanism.
The Young Talent Programme Winners' Solo Exhibitions at ION Art will be held from 1 to 20 September. Holeng will also be conducting a workshop on 10 and 17 September. For more details, click here.