Business Times highlights History Keeps Me Awake At Night as one of the top works of Singapore Art Week

28 Jan 2021

Tee’s work “HISTORY KEEPS ME AWAKE AT NIGHT” is one of the top ‘outstanding works you shouldn’t miss’ of Singapore Art Week.

“In 1993, the police carried out an entrapment operation in Tanjong Rhu and arrested 12 gay men. The men were charged with outrage of modesty and had their names published in the newspapers; some were jailed and caned. Over the years, artists such as Josef Ng, Alfian Sa’at and Boo Junfeng have all created artworks in protest. And now painter Ian Tee has also created a work condemning the episode.

History Keeps Me Awake At Night is large mixed media painting on an aluminium panel measuring 2m by 3m. The collage work on the panel includes a map of Tanjong Rhu, a cover of Alfian’s book A History Of Amnesia and a newspaper headline – all placed amid dark swaths of paint and stark lacerations across the panel.”

The work is currently on view as part of S.E.A Focus Curated at Tanjong Pagar Distripark.

Tee also has a solo showcase titled “KILL YOUR DARLINGS”, on view at our temporary secondary space at 5 Lock Road, #01-06.

Read the full article by The Business Times here.

Image courtesy of the artist and Yavuz Gallery.