The title speaks to prose write, poet and playwright Alfian Sa’at whose zealous and provocative works earned him the epithet ‘enfant terrible’. In recent years, Sa’at has been singled out by various members of parliament for his vocal writings and criticism of Singapore. His activism is construed as disloyalty by state figureheads and has been the subject of several public and parliamentary discussions. In this work, the book cover of one of Sa’at’s collection of poems is noticeable with Tee’s handprint on it. In the book, Sa’at questions patriotic sentiments and nationalism.
Ian Tee (b. 1994, Singapore) graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore in 2018. His practice is an exploration of youth, in relation to the themes of rebellion, vulnerability and identity. Conflating the history of painting with the energy of subcultures, he is interested in how aesthetic narratives can be reworked and recontextualised. His work manifests in a variety of media — destroyed metal paintings, bleached and dyed textiles, and collage.
He was a recipient of the Ngee Ann Kongsi scholarship and winner of the 2017 Cliftons Art Prize for Singapore. In 2019, Tee presented his first solo exhibition with Yavuz Gallery titled SWEET DREAMS.
Acrylic, target papers, reflective tape and book cover on destroyed aluminium composite panel
200 x 150 cm