Facing Changi, face-print self-portraits of Nina11 and 21 inmates from Changi Prison

I have long heard of and seen artworks collaborated between artists and prisoners, among other projects of other nature, for instance, prison inmates rehabilitating rescued dogs so that these canines are adoptable.

This morning, I stumbled upon the news of another of such art collaboration, of which the outcome of its labour will be exhibited this weekend, for only two days. Then again, it is not just another of such art collaboration, it caught my attention while I was running through the list of ongoing and upcoming exhibitions.

Exhibition title: Facing Changi

Date & time: 19th & 20th February 2016, 5-9pm

Venue: INSTINC SOHO, 12 Eu Tong Sen Street, #04-163, soho2@central, Singapore 059819
For entry to the gallery, please dial unit number using the intercom at the entrance of the building.

Image from SAGG's newsletter

Image from SAGG’s newsletter

Free admission.

Opening reception: 18th February 2016, 7-9pm

Here is a bit about how the face-print self-portraits are created, what I find most unique is that, the self-portraits are not entirely “self-made”, because one would need a partner/buddy to paint his or her face and to do the same in return:

“…making a self-portrait in which participants directly apply oil paint to each other’s face and then press their painted faces into canvases leaving a precise colourful bilateral face-print…”

The artist, “Nina11’s process of transferring the three dimensional facial features of a sitter onto a flat surface to create a portrait have been used in the past. The most well-known example is The Shroud of Turin.”

“Nina11’s work focuses on social themes related to human failings ranging from public terrorist acts to personal tragedies.”

“The artist believes that the FACING CHANGI portraits embody the unifying power of artistic expression while at the same time communicate the humanistic and intrinsic values that should be cherished by both socially deviant and socially acceptable individuals.”

“Nina11 lives and works between borders. She was born in the USSR, grew up in Russia, Syria, Greece, Cyprus and the UK. She holds an MFA, M.Phil. and Pd.D. in visual arts and communication… This is her second exhibition at INSTINC gallery following her show Facing Singapore four years ago.”

Read the full write-up in the Singapore Art Gallery Guide (SAGG) here.