17 Dec 2022 - 26 Feb 2023

Chan Kok Hooi, Hoo Fan Chon & Tino Sehgal

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An immersive mixed-media exhibition brought to you by Chan Kok Hooi, Hoo Fan Chon and Tino Sehgal, this exhibition is an invitation to everyone to ponder upon one’s life as art.

The artwork through the interpretation of these artists is an intimate glimpse into the vulnerable moments of various individuals; so vulnerable and candid that it’s almost unsettling.

Through the invitation to zoom in on some of the most pivotal moments of someone else’s life, the exhibition aims to spark a light of self-discovery and reflection on one’s own existence.

Sleepwalker (after Fischl) 

Chan Kok Hooi


Spotlights, plastic washtub, cylinder bubble stone, soft polyurethane tube, aquarium air pump, water

Size variable 

Inspired by the artwork of American contemporary painter Eric Fischl, ‘Sleepwalker’ (1979), depicting an adolescent boy exploring his body in a plastic swimming pool, ‘Sleepwalker’ (after Fischl) is reinterpreted by the artist to explore the same themes by taking a mixed media approach.

Through the breast-shaped water reflections alongside its visual effects, the work attempts to express curiosity and fantasy about life and urges one to reflect on the mystery of one’s existence.

The project “Anita & Ava – Phtography as a Self-restorative Tool” was first inspired when the artist stumbled upon a collection of photographic portraits of Ava from the 1950s and 1960s in an old antique shop in Penang. The photo collection illustrates the journey of the late Ava Leong as she self-restored from an adolescent boy to a woman.

Fascinated by her story, the artist expanded the project through a series of interviews with Ava’s surviving lifelong friend, Anita, as the foundation of the video essay. These audio clips are then juxtaposed with both Ava and Anita’s photograph collection, symbolising a time where the transgender community of the 50s and 60s were allowed to explore their sense of self while contributing to the artistic culture in Malaysia.

I Enjoy Being A Girl

Hoo Fan Chon


Single channel video

37 min 15 sec


Tino Sehgal


Part of the artist’s radical artistic practice, the art takes the form of “constructed situations” between the fleeting specificity of the encounter between the visitor and the one enacting the work. The work of the artist opens the door for the audience to ponder upon a pivotal life-changing moment upon the words of someone else.

With an intimate glimpse of someone else’s life, the exhibition is encapsulated by the focus on the different kinds of people involved in artmaking and art-going, implying that anyone’s life can be art.

Artist Sharing

17 December 2022, Saturday, 6:30pm

A panel sharing session hosted by artist, Hoo Fan Chon (artist behind “I enjoy being a girl”), KY (exhibition co-curator) and moderated by Nicholas Sung.

In this session, the panellists shared their creative process of the curation of the exhibition, diving deeper into the themes and how the artworks of different artists were strung together to express the narrative.

On a more personal note, KY shared his delight in having the opportunity to collaborate and highlight the artwork of two outstanding Penang-based artists; while Nicholas also dived into his experience of the exhibition from an audience point of view, and the contemplations probed from the evocative display.

About The Artist

Chan Kok Hooi (b. 1974, Penang, Malaysia, where he currently lives and works) received his Diploma in Fine Art on a full scholarship from the Malaysian Institute of Art, Kuala Lumpur. His solo exhibitions include A+ Works of Art(Kuala Lumpur, 2018); Art Seasons (Singapore, 2012); Pierogi Gallery (New York, 2010); Galeri Petronas, Suria KLCC, Petronas Twin Towers (Kuala Lumpur, 2010); Photo Store (Feijiacun Village, Laiguangying East Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 2008); and Red Mill Gallery, Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, Vermont, 2007). Chan has been awarded the Malaysia Young Contemporaries twice, the Jurors Award in 2006, and the Top 3 Winner in the 2D Category in 2004; and in 2003, he received the Top 5 Winner Philip-Morris Malaysia- ASEAN Art Award — all organised by National Art Gallery, Malaysia. Chan was the 2006-07 recipient of the Asian Artist Fellowship at the Freedom Foundation Vermont Studio Award in 2007. Institutional collections of his work include the Beppu City Art Museum, Japan, the National Art Gallery, Malaysia, and the Singapore Art Museum.


Hoo Fan Chon is a Malaysian visual art practitioner based in Penang; he graduated with a BA in Photography at the University of Arts London-London College of Communication in 2010. He was the co-founder and a member of an art collective – Run Amok Gallery (2012-2017). In 2019, Fan Chon participated in the 3rd edition of the Makassar Biennale. The following year he co-curated “Bayangnya itu Timbul Tenggelam-Photographic Cultures in Malaysia’ at the Ilham Gallery, Kuala Lumpur. His solo exhibitions include “Biro Kaji Visual George Town’ (Penang,2019) and “The Wolrd is Your Restaurant” (Kuala Lumpur, 2021). He was one of the selected artists for the inaugural 2022 SEA AiR, an artist residency programme organised by Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore and funded by the European Union. His practice explores the cultural nuances between the mainstream and substream, the highbrow and lowbrow; and how our value systems shift as we migrate from one culture to another.


Tino Sehgal (b. 1976 in London, England, he currently lives and works in Berlin). Renowned as one of the most important artists of his generation, Tino Sehgal’s critical acclaim derives from his radical artistic practice that takes the form of “constructed situations”: live encounters between visitors and those enacting the work. Their ephemeral beauty rests in the fleeting specificity of the encounter, where players often engage the visitors with their active participation in constructing the piece. Sehgal’s abandoning of material production in favor of lived experience is nevertheless achieved with a sensitivity to classical considerations of form, composition and space, grounded not only in the history of dance but also western traditions of sculpture and painting. In 2018 he co-curated week-long series of live works entitled ‘A Prelude to the Shed’ which took place within a purpose-built architectural setting by Kunlé Adeyemi. The program included Sehgal’s own work alongside a broad range of artists including William Forsythe and Azealia Banks, which heralded the opening of The Shed’s permanent home. His work has been the subject of several solo exhibitions, recently at MdbK, Leipzig (2022) Bleinheim Palace, UK (2021); The Odawara Art Foundation, Japan (2019); Officine Grandi Riparazioni, Turin (2018); V-A-C Foundation, Moscow, Russia (2017); Fondation Beyeler, Switzerland (2017); Jemaa el-Fna, Marrakesh; Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2016); Stedelijik Museum, Amsterdam (2015); Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2015); Pinacoteca, Sao Paulo and CCBB, Rio de Janeiro (2014); Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2013); Tate Modern, London (2012); and Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010) and Kunsthaus Bregenz (2006), among others.