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Snake
71 Bras Basah Road
189555 Singapore
Singapore


December 29th, 2012 - February 13th, 2013
 
Snake, Gerald LeowGerald Leow, Snake,
2012, sandstone and fabric banners, variable dimensions
© Image courtesy of Singapore Writers Festival 2012
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This installation artwork by Singaporean artist Gerald Leow parallels the famous Greek statue Laocoön and His Sons, an influential artwork from 2nd century BCE. With quotes from writers such as Chinua Achebe and Shirley Lim, Leow explores our often fraught relationship and struggle with the English language, mirroring Laocoön’s struggle with the encroaching snakes to our latent discomfort with the words we speak and write.

This work is commissioned by SAM and Singapore Writers Festival 2012.


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