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Moses Tan: Open Studio & Photo Booth

Moses Tan: Open Studio & Photo Booth

Bring your favourite houseplant to PICA and participate in Singaporean-based artist Moses Tan’s houseplant photo booth. Learn more about Tan’s interest in botany, sculpture and queer community-building as he discusses his practice with queer academic and activist Duc Dau.

As part of PICA’s Asia Pacific Exchange Program, get a sneak peek at Tan’s new experimental, work-in-progress sculpture series inspired by various botanical and bodily forms. His experiments consider how everyday objects like houseplants are objects of care and consideration.

Event Notes

  • You are encouraged to bring along your favourite plant to have your photo taken.
  • Photography is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Please note that by participating in the photo booth, you are consenting to share your image with the artist and PICA for future reproduction and publication.

Event Schedule

5–6pm: Houseplant Photo Booth

Capture your favourite houseplant in Moses Tan’s houseplant photo booth and share stories with the artist about your relationship with your plants.

6–6:45pm: Artist Talk

Hear more about Tan’s practice when he is joined in conversation by queer academic and activist Duc Dau.

Galleries open until 7:30pm

Supported by PICA’s Art Ambassadors and North Metropolitan Tafe. 

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About the Artist

Moses Tan (b. 1986, Singapore) is a Singapore-based artist whose work explores histories that intersect with queer theory and politics while looking at melancholia and shame as points of departure.Working with drawing, video and installation, his interest lies in the use of subtlety and codes in the articulation of narratives.He graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts with a BA(Hons) in Fine Arts and a BA(Hons) in Chemistry and Biological Chemistry from Nanyang Technological University. 

Duc Dau is an author and activist-scholar. Her main specialisation is the intersection of the erotic with (mostly queer) theology, literature, and visual culture. Her second monograph,Sex, Celibacy, and Deviance: The Victorians and the Song of Songs(2024), is currently in press withThe Ohio State University Press. Artists discussed in the book include Simeon Solomon, Edward Burne-Jones, and Phoebe Anna Traquair. She is currently writing on hauntings and queer gothic in Taylor Swift. Duc is one of the founders and coordinators of Bi+ Community Perth and has authored papers on her bisexual activism. She is an Honorary Research Fellow in Humanities at UWA. 


Supporters

PICA’s Studios program is supported by PICA’s Art Ambassadors and North Metropolitan TAFE. 

Asia Pacific Exchange Program partners – Grey Projects and Taipei Artist Village 

Grey Projects

Image: Moses Tan, Sketch #15, 2023, polymer clay, plant stake