“Making Kin—Worlds Becoming” online exhibit October 2021-

Making Kin—Worlds Becoming

What makes you and me an us, and not them? There must be some things deeply shared—and yet something also distinct at the same time. It is a relation defined by its own relativity. How does kinship happen so that they may come to be we?

In her 2015 book Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene, feminist cultural theorist Donna Haraway offered a provocative slogan as part of her layered and expansive proposal for kinship: “Make Kin, Not Babies.” Despite the statement’s complications, there is a powerful claim that comes through—that kinship is not a given quality but instead an emergent one. By inverting the conventional logic that prioritizes heredity over other forms of relationship, Haraway’s statement asserts that familial connections are in fact made, not born. Becoming kin is not automatic but rather an extended process of attention, perseverance, and care among humans and non humans.

The artists (and scientists) in this exhibition all express this sense of kin-making in diverse ways. Through their practices, they not only aspire to form new bonds and new intimacies with human and non human others, they are committed to making that endeavor visible beyond themselves through art. Their kin-making is of a double nature—one that actively nurtures novel connections between themselves and the people, lands, snails, goldfish, viruses, aliens, traditions, trees, chickens, and planets that they engage, as well as a making that seeks new connections with the audiences who engage their work. At a time of unprecedented planetary change and threats to biodiversity, re-establishing these connections has never been more critical.  From compassion springs action, and as Buddhist writer Pema Chödrön observes, true compassion emerges in, “realizing our kinship with all beings.”

I see the 24 artists and artworks shared here as kinfolk to the writers and texts found with the book series Kinship: Relations in a World of Belonging, which inspired this exhibition. The themes that make up the five volumes of Kinship—Planet, Place, Partners, Persons, and Practice—are the same ones explored here. The intention is that they inform each other as part of the same conceptual family. One thing that I find so compelling about these artists and their practices is that they speak directly to—and at the same time exceed—those five categories, indeed much as any given written piece within the Kinship series extends beyond its own volume. In expressing a sense of and rather than or, these artworks, poems, and essays offer promiscuous possibilities of emerging relations as well as the wonders, understandings, and complications they entail.  — AY

View the 24 artists and artworks www.makingkin.net



“Interdependencies” exhibit open 21 August – 16 October at ICA Singapore




21 August – 16 October 2021

Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore,
LASALLE College of the Arts

Brother Joseph McNally, Project Space,
Praxis Space and other locations at
McNally Campus


Impacted by the pandemic, the 15th edition of Tropical Lab takes place as an exhibition.
The title of this edition – Interdependencies – is less thematic and more reflective. It captures
the spirit of togetherness, companionship, peer learning, and resilience that defined all
previous editions of Tropical Lab, and it speaks in multiple ways to the current moment.
Twenty-five artists who participated in different editions of Tropical Lab between 2005 and
2019 were nominated by faculty from partner universities. The artists have generously shared
their recent work and initiated new projects. The exhibition stretches beyond gallery spaces,
highlighting the special relationship Tropical Lab participants have had with LASALLE’s
campus, which was integral to their exchange, learning and artistic production.
Tropical Lab was initiated in 2005 by Milenko Prvački. An experiment in arts education and
artistic exchanges, this two-week intensive art camp has welcomed over 500 art students in
Singapore over the past 15 editions.

Ali Van, Anne-Laure Franchette, Ben Dunn, B. Neimeth, Brooke Stamp, Christine Rebet,
Danielle Dean, Di Liu, Duy Hoàng, Hariyo Seno Agus Subagyo, Homa Shojaie, James Jack,
James Tapsell-Kururang, James Yakimicki, j.p.mot Jean-Pierre Abdelrohman Mot Chen Hadj
Yakop, Kay Mei Ling Beadman, Laura Hopes, Marko Stankovic, Pheng Guan Lee, Rattana
Salee, Sarah Walker, Shuo Yin, Tim Bailey, Tromarama, Waret Khunacharoensap

Anca Rujoiu

Tropical Lab:
Milenko Prvački, Founder and Senior Fellow, Office of the President
Sureni Salgadoe, (Projects), Office of the President

Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore (LASALLE’s ICAS):
Ramesh Narayanan, Manager (Operations)
Mohammed Redzuan Bin Zemmy, Executive (Exhibitions)
Sufian Samsiyar, Senior Executive (Exhibitions)

Production (new works):
Jezlyn Tan, Project Manager, Circus Projects


“Soilstory” at Suzu 2020+ Oku-Noto Triennale 4 Sept – 4 Nov 2021

Soilstory  土がたり


A New Installation and Performance Artwork by:

World Dirt Association
(James Jack, Shotaro Yoshino & Yoshitaka Nanjo)

WDA: James Jack “Soilstory” 2021, Reference image for work in progress


Yoshitaka Nanjo “Suzu Theater Museum” 2020, Reference image for work in progress



Oku-Noto Triennale 2020+

A foremost art festival at the furthest edge of the world.

Artist No. 44

4 September – 24 October 2021

Ishikawa, Japan