A pop-up of art residencies, exhibitions, talks and workshops is happening in Jalan Besar
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The Jalan Besar Salon will launch its inaugural residency programme with Taiwanese plant pathologist and artist Ke-Ting Chen, featuring installations from his series of botanical workshops and talks. He will be conducting two workshops in October: Fermentation Lab will dive into the making of trendy probiotic drinks kombucha and kefir, while Lei Weaving explores the traditional Hawaiian woven keepsake.
The Salon's second artist-in-residence, Singaporean graphic designer Shannon Lim will produce an on-site wayfinding intervention. Lim will be hosting a series of workshops and talks on collaborative work and publications in November.
Developed during an artist residency in China, Singaporean installation artist Khairullah Rahim's solo presentation, 'Tender Musk', contemplates colourism, hygiene and its ramifications on ethnic communities through the manipulation and subversion of everyday janitorial supplies.
The salon concludes in November with a group show featuring Austrian-Ugandan artist Annabel Lubega and local filmmaker-writer Ivan Tan. Lubega's mixed-media installations explore themes of migration and "brown-ness" through the lens of her mixed heritage while Tan will be screening his award-winning 12-minute short film, Tadpoles, which centres around two families who are forced to stay indoors and confront their fractured relationships when a severe monsoon threatens to flood the eastern part of Singapore.
The salon's workshops are for the whole family: highlights include kids-friendly crotchet making and scrapbooking sessions, as well as an introduction to herbalism for naturalists and a risograph masterclass for aspiring printmakers.
Jalan Besar Salon has partnered with local art book retailer Basheer Graphic Books. A curated selection of books related to the exhibition's themes will be available for sale at the salon. A series of events will also be held at Basheer's Bras Basah store, including Speak Your Mind (an informal open-mic), as well as a panel discussion on conservation.