Having travelled around Singapore, the Masks of Singapore exhibition has arrived in Li Ka Shing Library. Masks of Singapore features portraits of Singaporeans in their most authentic self, and evolved from a movement that set the record for the "Largest Mosaic of Hand-Sculptured Masks" in the Singapore Book of Records.
1 October - 30 November 2022
Li Ka Shing Library, Level 2
About Masks of Singapore
Masks of Singapore is a 6-month local community mental health art movement run in 2021 from February to September, where 572 individuals from all walks of life were rallied to participate in a 3-hour self-awareness mask-making workshop. The participants were guided to look deeper into their lives, connect to the core of who they are, and express their TruSelf, aspirations, dreams and hopes for their future onto a physical mask using art as a medium.
Through these workshops, the participants explored the deeper conversations that underpin the mental health struggles many of us battle, consciously and unconsciously. A total of 572 masks were created when the participants were given a safe space to be, to explore, and to connect to what lies at the core of their being when they strip away the daily masks they wear.
These participants include the public (with the youngest participant being 5 years old and the oldest participant being 86 years old) and local communities such as Singapore Children’s Society, Singapore Cancer Society, Dementia Singapore, the Migrant Workers community, the various secondary schools and colleges, as well as employees from corporate organisations.
The movement has set the record for the “Largest Mosaic of Hand-Sculptured Masks” in the Singapore Book of Records and was documented into a photobook with Fujifilm that tells 572 lived stories of individuals from all walks of life in their most authentic self behind the masks created.
ThisConnect is a mental health advocacy community set up to spark more conscious awareness and forward interventions on mental health, emotional wellness, and suicide prevention using experiential art.
Since 2020, ThisConnect has presented three large multimedia art exhibitions and thirteen moving satellite shows in Singapore, titled ThisConnect: Threading Worlds, Masks of Singapore, and ThisConnect: What Am I, If I Am Not, and were featured in Straits Times, Tatler Magazine, Channel 8.
Jointly brought to you by SMU Libraries, Mrs Wong Kwok Leong Student Wellness Centre (MWKLSWC) and ThisConnect.today