Renowned London-Singapore designer and contemporary artist Benny Ong has partnered with the Breast Cancer Foundation (BCF) in his latest exhibition, Women.Shoes.Freedom. Inspired by the exploration of traditional views and the emancipation of the modern woman, the exhibition is a collection of hand-woven art that skilfully combines traditional weaving techniques of master Laotian weavers with contemporary art.
The Southeast Asian-themed art pieces invite viewers to build on personal narratives woven into each piece of playful graphics and colloquial wit. “In particular, one group that really resonated with the theme of this collection were breast cancer survivors. I found many pieces in this collection echoed the struggles and stigma of the disease, so intrinsically tied into womanhood,” describes Ong.
Says Noor Quek, president of BCF, on Ong’s works: “His exploration of the modern woman parallels so many of the challenges that women diagnosed with breast cancer face. Through his expert craftsmanship, his works exemplify the power of art in driving greater conversations and awareness of important issues in our society.”
In further support of BCF’s mission to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease, proceeds from the sale of The Sisters Soong I, which was created in memory of the liberty of Chinese women bound by shoes since young, will be donated to BCF. The piece, according to the artist, epitomises the honourable strength and resilience of breast survivors today.
Admission is free and will from till April 7 at the UOB Art Gallery (Ground Floor, UOB Plaza 1, 80 Raffles Place).