laughter is a breath away from a sigh
Muhammad Mustaghfir, Nuhayd Naufal, Wang Xi Jie, Zheng Jialei
24 November - 3 December, 11am to 7pm
As an intimate by-product of the living corporeal body, the heaving of a breath traces mental and physical states of our being. It is at once warm and visceral yet immaterial and elusive. Between rest and exhaustion, we find tempered breaths which seek respite beyond a mere respiratory obligation.
‘laughter is only a breath away from a sigh’ tracks the meandering of the self in an earnest attempt to adjust to fatigue and exhaustion. Submerged in existential dilemmas, interpersonal dramas and sociopolitical frictions, the exhibition confronts material and spiritual discontentment with artistic manoeuvres and introspective side steps with hopes of making life more comfortable or at the very least amusing.
Four artists convene to reconcile their personal misgivings, not with a deterministic intention to resolve them, but as a practice to ruminate on care and compensate for the lack thereof through artistic practice. The outcome is a motley of works that disclose private fears and desires but shy away from an overt exposition of the sorrows of the world, preferring a visual language of cheeky absurdity laced with obscured poignance.
About the Artist(s)