Dear Singapore Art Museum Acquisition Committee Dear Singapore Art Museum Acquisition Committee

Dear Singapore Art Museum Acquisition Committee

  • Sun, 16 Jan 2022

  • SAM Residencies Space, Level 3, Tanjong Pagar Distripark

  • 2pm

  • Free

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"Do social forms of art inherently resist collection by institutions? How are these process-oriented and ephemeral works defined, conserved and valued within the contemporary art institution?"

In collaboration with Shayus Sharif (Bras Basah Open, current SAM resident), Salty Xi Jie Ng presents her ongoing research, based on interviews with SAM directors, curators, and fellow artists. She will ask how SAM can acquire and re-activate artist ila’s work on sexual assault There can be no touching here, as well as propose that SAM acquires artist Zarina Muhammad’s recently formalised work on the spiritual and energetic lives of art spaces, titled 9 𝘘𝘶𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘢𝘴 𝘐𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘤𝘵 𝘗𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘤 𝘗𝘳𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘗𝘦𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘪𝘢𝘳 𝘏𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘴. The SAM Acquisition Committee is cordially invited to attend.

'Dear Singapore Art Museum Acquisition Committee' is a public programme in support of 𝘗𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘙𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘮𝘴, on view from 14 to 23 January 2022 at Tanjong Pagar Distripark. More details at

The event will also be recorded and screened as part of SAW Dialogues on Wed, 19 Jan, 4pm at Gillman Barracks, 47 Malan Road and streamed on
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Salty Xi Jie Ng
Salty Xi Jie Ng (b.1987, Singapore) co-creates semi-fictional paradigms for the real and imagined lives of humans within the poetics of the intimate vernacular. Her interdisciplinary work proposes a collective re-imagining through humour, care, subversion, discomfort, a celebration of the eccentric, and a commitment to the deeply personal. Her projects explore themes of aging, intimacy, food, lineage, identity, ritual and power, while questioning who artists are and what gets to be called art. Xi Jie was recently artist-in-residence or artist fellow at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, Buangkok Square and Singapore Art Museum. Her work has been supported by diverse platforms such as Singapore Art Week, Elsewhere Museum, King School Museum of Contemporary Art, Singapore International Film Festival, and Hollywood Senior Center. She was the editor of SoFA Journal: Conversations On Everything, Portland, Oregon publication on social forms of art.