5 April – 10 May 2018
I_S_L_A_N_D_S is pleased to show Unicorn Tears, a site-specific installation by Cassandra Koh. Presenting a fantastical vision of anthropomorphic creatures (some of which represent the artist’s alter egos) working their way through an urban gym of physiological challenges, this installation sets the scene to readress questions of identity and contemporary social concerns in the city-state described as a ‘unicorn’ among nations. Within this scene of alternate portals, contraptions, and surreal mutations, set against the backdrop of the ever-evolving civic district, the artist deals with the complexities of Singapore’s shape-shifting disposition.
Tapping into popular icons, mascots, and symbols to generate immersive scenes filled with humour, irony, and wit, this presentation will also incorporate elements of window dressing and product display. Through the vernacular of aspirational marketing, Unicorn Tears reveals the desire for individuality and transformation, challenged by a systemic society preoccupied with efficacy and excellence.