The Swimming Pool Library

T:>Works Presents A New Commission:

The Swimming Pool Library by Brian Gothong Tan

Acclaimed visual artist Brian Gothong Tan kicks off his exciting new journey helming an artistic atelier at T:>Works with The Swimming Pool Library.

Reflecting an unconventional rite of passage where society’s labels of gender and sexuality may not necessarily apply, The Swimming Pool Library is an immersive, multi-sensorial production that looks at the relevance of society’s definitions of masculinity, and explores how feminine traits such as tenderness, kindness and vulnerability can also be part of masculine identity.

The exhibition is split into various chapters that mark milestones in a rite of passage, reflected through the director’s intimate, surreal lens. Paper sketches, paintings, 3D printed sculptures, 3D film photography and DIY books evoke memories of a boy trying to make sense of who he is, and where life will take him. Complementing this is a live performance specially choreographed for the camera and performed in-situ at 72-13, while simultaneously live-cast over the internet.

The Swimming Pool Library Exhibition

Exhibition: 6 – 20 January 2022
Tuesday – Saturday: 1 – 8pm
Sunday: 12 – 6pm
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The Swimming Pool Library Live Performance

Details
28 October – 31 October 2021, 8pm
30 October 2021, 3pm & 8pm
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Cast
Azizul ‘Izzy’ Mahathir (a.k.a. Vanda Miss Joaqium), Irfan Kasban, Karen Tan, Lian Sutton, Ronald Goh, Umi Kalthum Ismail

Read more about the programme in the press release [PDF]:


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