Yen Phang is preoccupied with the biological as interface. He was a recipient of the Winston Oh Grant (2016), Winston Oh Travel Research Award (2016), and was awarded the Cliftons Art Prize (2015) and the UNSW Julius Stone Prize (2006). His work has been collected by the Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Singapore), British Airways for their Terminal 1 Lounge at Changi Airport, Singapore. He has also initiated projects such as “I.D. (The Body’s Still Warm)” (2018), Displacements: 13 Wilkie Terrace“ (2013),“The Peony And the Crow“ (2016), and “Repurposing Nostalgia” (2016) under the Displacements banner.
LOCATION: Bus stop ID 10071 by Block 111 Jalan Bukit Merah
At a point when we are not under lockdown after the Circuit Breaker, and nature is manicured by the National Environmental Agency yet again, how much do we pay attention to the nature around us as we go about our daily activities? In Peek-A-Boo, Yen Phang explores ideas of urban camouflage, flora as visual wallpaper, and nature as an ambient backdrop in our “garden city” in Singapore. This work questions planting and landscaping as territory of contestation between ecological/biological growth and human intervention.