Re-visiting Another Woman
by Amanda Heng
Photographs and text, 2008
Amanda Heng, born in 1951, is a full-time artist who adopts an interdisciplinary approach to art-making. Her works focus on the intersections of eastern and western values and the traditions and gender roles in a multi-cultural and rapidly-changing Singapore. Her recent works discuss the issues of communication and human relationships in urban condition. Often, she would collaborate with both artists and non-artists. Amanda was one of the members who established the Artists Village in 1988. She is also active in curating and organising shows, forums, and workshops and lectures on contemporary art. She was a former civil tax officer.
A full-time independent art practitioner, Amanda Heng adopts an interdisciplinary approach to her art practice and is often concerned with issues of communication and human relationship in urban condition, history and identity, and gender politic. Her works have been exhibited in Cleveland Performance Art Festival USA (1997), the 3rd Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Brisbane, Australia (1999), the 1st Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Japan (1999), the 7th Havana Biennial in Cuba (2000). Werkleitz Biennale in Germany (2000), Performance Art Festival in Spain (2001) and Channel N at Kyoto Art Center (2001). Her other art activities include co-directing theatre production “Bernard’s Story” written by Dana Lam (2001), performed in theatre production “A Woman On the Tree in the Hill” directed by Ivan Heng (2001), which was presented at the Singapore International Performing art Festival. She has also organised and participated in various exhibitions, public forums, workshops, research projects and art events such as, The Space, fringe event of 1992 International Art Fest in Singapore, Women And Their Arts (1990), The 1st Asian film Appreciation workshop (1994), Memories of Senses (1994), Women About Women (1997), The Friday Event (2000) and Open Ends (2001). Amanda was involved in the founding of Artists’ Village, the first artists-run space in Singapore, in 1988, and WITA (Women In The Arts), the first artists-run women collective in Singapore in 1999, which is currently establishing the archives of women in the Arts in Singapore.