Exhib: The Innocence Project by Liana Yang

(from the press release)

Chan Hampe Galleries presents “The Innocence Project” — a solo exhibition by Singaporean artist Liana Yang.

The Innocence Project considers the oft-commoditized notion of the schoolgirl as viewed through the lens of popular culture. Is this young girl the wide-­eyed innocent she appears or a cunning siren fully aware of her power and allure? Liana Yang’s installation addresses the struggle to control female subjectivity in contemporary mass media and questions whether women today are truly liberated or simply confusing sexuality with pornography.

Working in luminous Diasec mounted photographs and found images, Yang’s images evoke a paradigm in which the young girl knows her full worth and learns to establish her significance with devices that encourage her desirability. With this, the schoolgirl, her uniform and her accoutrements become symbols of sacred power to the girl who employs them.

About the Artist

Liana Yang combines photography and installation work to investigate various sociological and psychological relationships. She is drawn to the trivialities and oddities that we encounter in our daily experiences. This includes the enigmatic and unseen aspects of spaces and places, as well as explorations of memory and associations in a contemporary culture. Her recent work involves experimentations with sexual references and objectifications.

Her works have been showcased at the Arles Photography Open Salon in France, The Arts House, The National Library, Singapore, and at Artissima 19, Italy. Her first self-­published photo book, The Epiphany of States, was also showcased at The Photobook Show in Brighton, UK, and Helsinki, Finland. Liana Yang was one of the artists selected to participate in Round 1 of “(Re)Claim Singapore!” the emerging artist program sponsored by Chan Hampe Galleries, The National Arts Council and Raffles Hotel, and she has been shortlisted for the ICON de Martell Photography Award 2013.

 “The Innocence Project” runs from 2 till 25 August at Chan Hampe Galleries, Raffles Hotel Arcade #01-­‐20/21, 328 North Bridge Road. The exhibition is open daily from 11am -­ 7pm. Admission is free. 

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