Fragmentation and complexity in Crossings by Wei Leng Tay

“When we first met, he had prepared several pages of text about his life. He had even checked words in the dictionary,” explains Wei Leng Tay. The artist is speaking about an unnamed octogenarian man, whose recorded voice forms a major component of And the first chapter it begins with the horses (2017–18). An installation comprising a 32‑minute video projection of waves lapping on sand, projected onto and through a jute sack and accompanied by an audio soundtrack, the work is the second of four separate iterations of Tay’s Crossings, curated by Siddharta Perez for the NUS Museum, National University of Singapore.

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