Missing Part, the Sound of Silence
Helene Le Chatelier, Calvin Pang
26 May - 4 June 2023, 11am - 7pm
Shedding light on our state-of-being in both social and private settings, Missing Part, The Sound of Silence, hopes to highlight resilience as one of the commonalities about our human condition. Through the voices (and words) of different individuals living different lives on the same territory, it seeks to pay tribute and honour all the unknown / anonymous individuals whose personal and untold stories constitute the narrative of social history in Singapore.
Resulting from a collaboration between Singaporean artist Calvin Pang, and French artist Hélène Le Chatelier, Missing Part, The Sound of Silence, underlines the complexity of human beings, the multiplicity of faces and identities that can coexist under one roof or on the same territory, or even sometimes within one single head, and the unique - specifically human - capacity to recompose and turn any content into a positive outcome thanks to a slow and silent process of transformation and acceptance.
All pieces of writing collected anonymously among various communities or produced by the artists themselves are turned into abstract or poetic objects conveying the notion that we carry within ourselves the capacity to build joy, lightness and poetry despite challenging circumstances.
As a collaborative and inclusive project, Missing Part, The Sound of Silence hopes to build bridges among generations and various communities and to express the impact any encounter can have on us, shaping and transforming us forever, even longer after it disappeared.
About the Artist(s)
Hélène Le Chatelier: Hélène Le Chatelier studied Art in Paris at l'École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et des Métiers d’Art, Olivier de Serres, where she specialized and graduated in Fresco painting. Since her first painting exhibition in 1997 soon after her graduation, Hélène embraced various artistic modes of expression (painting, sculpture, photography, installation, video, writing). Through her work, Hélène questions all aspects of memory, the passage of time and the traces it leaves on our bodies and in our lives, as well as the marks we leave behind us. Interrogating the secret and unconscious parts of ourselves, the undefined and the invisible changes that slowly shape us, she probes our intimacies and our roots and she explores a way to attempt reconciliation of our collective histories with our individual memory. Hélène has spent a great deal of time in France and Ireland. She has been living and working in Singapore since 2010. Her work had been showcased in Singapore, Bangkok, Paris, Seattle, New York and Tokyo.
Calvin Pang MA, AThR, holds a Master of Arts Art Therapy from LASALLE College of the Arts Singapore after graduating with a BA (Hons) Fine Art from Loughborough University, United Kingdom. He has presented his work at international art therapy conferences in Australia and the United Kingdom; and is a contributing author for Found Objects in Art Therapy (Jessica Kingsley, 2021) and Arts Therapies in International Practice (Routledge, 2022). His studio art practice explores the impermanence of humans and their spaces in the context of everyday lives. Pang’s installations have received commissions by institutions in both Singapore and Tokyo, Japan. He is currently undergoing advanced training in Guided Imagery and Music (GIM), and is practicing as an art therapist serving terminally-ill individuals and their loved ones at Assisi Hospice, Singapore.