‘5th Passage: In Search of Lost Time’ is an exhibitionary survey of one of the seminal art initiatives in Singapore’s history. In 1991, 5th Passage opened at Parkway Parade, a suburban shopping centre in the east of Singapore. Co-founded by Suzann Victor, Han Ling, and Susie Lingham, the initiative was intended to be a haven for a multi-disciplinary range of art forms encompassing
visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, music, fashion, and design. In addition, 5th Passage also organised a range of talks and forums, alongside art outreach programmes for children as well. Inaugurated with the express intention of providing “Access to the Arts”, 5th Passage situated itself within the “ready-made public” of civic centres, consequently implanting itself within a social memory. While a substantial number of exhibitions, events, and programmes were realised under the auspices of the initiative between its 6 years of operation from 1991 to 1996, explications of the
initiative have generally remained peripheral to examinations of singular events occurring during this time period, and thereby defining the initiative on those terms.
In the absence of a thorough historicization of 5th Passage and its wide-ranging activities, the exhibition looks to memories of its existence to reconstitute a basis for establishing its significance within the wider arc of the country’s arts and cultural development. Yet, memory is a fickle thing, and the remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were. Bringing together artists who had presented works under its auspices, this exhibition revives within the wider public consciousness the plethora of activities that articulated the initiative’s ideals and aspirations, while intimating the passage of time that has since elapsed.
‘5th Passage: In Search of Lost Time’ is curated by John Tung, and will be held at Gajah Gallery Singapore, from 23 September to 17 October. Accompanying the exhibition will be a series of online dialogues with the curator and artists, hosted by the gallery.
Suzann Victor (Co-Founder & Artistic Director, 5th Passage)
Susie Lingham (Co-Founder Director, 5th Passage)
John Clang (Participating Artist, Critical Framework, 1993)
Siew Kee Liong (Participating Artist, Body Fields, 1993; Object and Remembrances, 1993; A Dialogue with Memory, 1993; Surrogate Desires, 1994)
Kai Lam (Participating Artist, Artists’ General Assembly, 1993)
Eve Tan (Participating Artist, Artists’ General Assembly, 1993)
Ray Langenbach (Participating Artist, Artists’ General Assembly, 1993; Surrogate Desires, 1994)
Jason Lim (Participating Artist, Artists’ General Assembly, 1993)
Chu Chu Yuan (Participating Artist, Artists’ General Assembly, 1993; Surrogate Desires, 1994; Personae I, 1994)
Susie Wong (Participating Artist – H.O.P.E. (Heal Our Planet Earth), 1992; Personae, 1994; XX Personae II, 1996)
Venue: Gajah Gallery, 39 Keppel Road, #03-04 Tanjong Pagar Distripark, Singapore 089065
Opening Hours: 11 am – 7 pm Weekdays
12 pm – 6 pm Sat, Sun & PH
When: 23 Sep - 24 Oct 2021,
By: Gajah Gallery