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A peek inside the Singapore showcase at OzAsia Festival 2017 in Adelaide

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A peek inside the Singapore showcase at OzAsia Festival 2017 in Adelaide
Singapore Art Museum’s exhibition, ‘After Utopia: Revisiting the Ideal in Asian Contemporary Art’ premieres at the Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival

Somewhere down under, Elder Park in Adelaide comes alive with an annual Moon Lantern Festival. But this Asian tradition isn't the only thing that's celebrated this time of the year. Australia's OzAsia Festival is back, engaging Aussie audiences to all things Asia. A leading arts festival that's entirely dedicated to showcasing art from our region, 19 Australian premieres will feature multiple viewpoints that make up our diverse cultural and religious make-up.

Among the Singaporeans represented at the festival include Kirsten Tan's Pop Aye, Hotel by W!ld Rice, Boo Junfeng's Apprentice as well as K. Rajagopal's A Yellow Bird. A stand-out exhibition, however, lies within the Samstag Museum of Art. Resurrecting an exhibit from Singapore Art Museum two years ago, 'After Utopia: Revisiting the Ideal in Asian Contemporary Art' makes its return with a plethora of installation, painting, sculpture and moving image. Curated by Tan Siuli and Louis Ho, the artworks deal with the idea of utopia, whether it's a yearning for a return to the garden paradise, or a look at our urban aspirations within the contemporary structures we live in.

Aussies and Singaporeans abroad can have a look at Shannon Lee Castleman's video, which features Singaporean residents in HDB blocks — a look at public surveillance and the breaking down barriers between strangers who live this close together.

Till 1 December at Samstag Museum of Art in Adelaide.

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