Sembawang: The D. D. Land and Sembagraphie

Located in the northern terrain of Singapore, Sembawang is known for its natural landscape and rich historical and colonial narratives. Throughout his artistic practice, eminent local artist and teacher Tang Da Wu draws on these sources of inspiration and resources. At Sembawang, he also founded a contemporary art group, The Artists Village (TAV), in the late 1980s which marked a new chapter in the art history of Singapore. This exhibition double bill by Da Wu comprised of Sembawang: The D. D. Land and Sembagraphie. The first exhibition documented the yesteryear of Sembawang as well as Da Wu's representation of the myths and legends of this landscape whereas the second showcased the artist’s journal of Sembawang, where his drawings and installations illustrate his personal experiences and observations of this unique landscape.

In conjunction with the opening of Sembawang: The D.D. Land, Stitchen Haus da Opera, a performance art group founded by Da Wu, held a performance in reference to ‘Guernica’, a monumental anti-war painting by legendary artist, Pablo Picasso that speaks of hope and peace for children. Sembagraphie was accompanied by a performance titled 'Stitchen Stitch', inspired by Couverture, a quilt by one of the first female modernist artists, Sonia Terk Delaunay. The performance exemplified the world we live in where people are continually grouping and ungrouping—some groups might have more power than others; while other groups may also segregate.

Da Wu’s exhibition became the focal point of many students during his two-month exhibition. The educator conducted tours and workshops, including Art Clinic IV and Art Students’ Seminar, to further engage in the discussion of his artworks and his philosophy with students from several institutions.


The artist, Mr Tang Da Wu, presenting his installation to the audience on opening night

The artist, Mr Tang Da Wu, and his group Stitchen Haus da Opera

Performance in the foyer by Stitchen Haus da Opera – Stitchen Stitch

Performance in the gallery by Stitchen Haus da Opera – Situationist Bon Gun (I am not stupid)

Installation view of 'Sembagraphie: Tang Da Wu'