3+3+3: On Condition

3+3+3: On Condition

Exhibition Information

Opening DayThursday, 24 June 2021, 10AM-7PM
Guest of Honour Michael Koh, Former CEO, National Heritage Board (2006-2012)
Period24 June - 8 August 2021
Location The Private Museum,

“Building, structure, edifice. Home, office, organisation. Community, city, country. Shelter, safety, comfort. Identity, memory, history. 99-year lease, freehold, 3+3+3, Master Plan.”

The Private Museum Singapore (TPM) is pleased to present 3+3+3: On Condition—a group exhibition curated by Andrea Fam. This marks the third edition of TPM’s Guest Curator Platform—collaborating with guest curators to support and experiment with independent curatorial practice through the presentation of different perspectives of our world. This interdisciplinary exhibition will feature both new and ongoing works by five artists and architects including artist duo Finbarr Fallon & Claire Goh, Geraldine Kang, Michael Lee, Mervin Loh and Isabella Teng Yen Lin.

Our governing bodies, architects, invisible labour, civilians, new and temporary residents have seamlessly infused their own histories and intimate memories into the foundational and poignant blueprints of our small island nation. Borrowing its namesake from the commercial lease agreement under the Singapore Land Authority (SLA), 3+3+3 explores these unseen psycho-spatial associations and the complexities of our urban planning while musing on the ephemeral nature of space and place-making in our land-scarce city.

Through preparatory sketches, utopian models, performative engagements and satirical ‘white papers’, this exhibition is an open-ended invitation to reflect on our ever-evolving relationships with our urban environment. Engaging our different senses, these works contemplate notions of nostalgia and transience while considering the overlooked inhabitants of Singapore.

Having served as an independent arts platform for the past 11 years, 3+3+3 marks TPM’s last exhibition in our home at 51 Waterloo Street. Such is the life of built spaces in our metropolis—though they bestow us with character, identity and heritage, we confer them with impermanence and dispensability, provocating the question, “If buildings retain the lived histories imbued into them, shouldn’t we consider their embodied human spirit?”

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About the Collaboration

Andrea FAM (b. 1988, Singapore) is the Singapore Art Museum Residencies assistant curator. Between 2015–2020, she was an assistant curator in the curatorial and collections department of the museum. As a curator, she employs research methodologies of empathic readings and fieldnotes to investigate embodied histories of space, place, and power structures. Her groundwork lies primarily in the regions of Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam.


Finbarr FALLON (b. 1992, United Kingdom) is a Singapore-based multi-disciplinary designer and artist, whose work draws on his formal training in architecture. As a spatial thinker and storyteller, his works explore the evolution and transformation of the modern urban environment—creating pieces that exist in both the physical and digital worlds. He received his Master and Bachelor of Architecture from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, in 2016 and 2013 respectively. His accolades include Winner of the Blueprint Architecture Photography Awards, Atrium People’s Choice (2019) and The Guardian Big Picture: Architecture (2016). His photographic works have been featured in numerous photography exhibitions in London and Singapore, alongside works in architecture, animation and art featured at Singapore Art Museum (2020), Marina Bay Sands (2019), and the National Museum of Singapore (2018).


Claire GOH (b. 1991, Singapore) is an urban geographer who is keenly interested in the mutability of buildings and how they exist as infinite permutations of fact, fantasy and failure. She received her Master in Urban Studies and Bachelor in Geography from University College London in 2014 and 2013 respectively. She has contributed writing and ideation to photographic projects on a range of urban issues such as greenery (Flora Phantasmagoria Series at The National Museum, 2018), and topographies of death (Dead Space, Hong Kong, 2019).


Geraldine KANG (b. 1988, Singapore) is an artist and educator at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Her recent work focuses on using photographs to talk about the living conditions of migrant labour in Singapore. Her other interests include family, mental illness and land space issues in Singapore. She uses the act of photography as an introspective method, and wishes for her images to challenge and evoke questions. She received her Master in Fine Arts from the Parson’s School of Design, The New School, and her Bachelor in Photography and Digital Imaging from the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University in 2019 and 2011 respectively. Over the last seven years, she has staged solo exhibitions in Singapore and has exhibited in Europe and Asia. She has won the Kwek Leng Joo Excellence in Still Photography Prize (2011) and has been featured at the Kuala Lumpur International Photo Awards, Photographer’s Forum and the Asian Women Photographers’ Showcase.


Michael LEE (b. 1972, Singapore) is an artist, curator, and publisher. He researches urban memory and fiction, especially the contexts and implications of loss. He transforms his observations into objects, diagrams, situations, curations, or texts. He received his Master and Bachelor of Communication Studies from Nanyang Technological University in 2001 and 1997 respectively. He has staged solo exhibitions in Germany, Hong Kong, and Singapore. His accolades include the APBF Signature Art Prize (2011) and the Young Artist Award (Visual Arts) from the National Arts Council, Singapore (2005). His works have been included in international group exhibitions such as the Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale (2014), Asia Triennial Manchester (2011), Singapore Biennale (2011), and Shanghai Biennale (2010). His works have been collected in public and private collections in Brussels, China, Hong Kong, and Singapore.


Mervin LOH (b. 1988, Singapore) is an architect currently based in Singapore. He is currently pursuing his academic research interest in the architectural approach of domestic spaces as part of the larger production of the city-living—that uses smell as the design generator for architectural design discourse. He received his Master in Architecture from the Royal College of Art after completing his Bachelor in Architecture from the University of Westminster in 2020 and 2016 respectively followed by 2 years with design firm FARM. He has run projects spanning residential, commercial and public projects in Singapore and China.


Isabella TENG Yen Lin (b. 1990, Singapore) is an inter- disciplinary artist who explores the intersection of logic and intuition in art. Her installations and paintings seek to delight her viewers and deepen their experience of life, directing their attention back to the power of their own perceptions and the richness of their inner and outer worlds. She received her Bachelors in English Literature in 2014 from the National University of Singapore and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Fine Art at LASALLE College of the Arts. Her individual works, as well as works from her Collaborative Visual Act, MIRROR Art Duo, have been shown in Thailand and Singapore, and have been collected as part of The Teng Collection.

Programme Outreach

Saturday, 17 July 2021, 3 PM

Moderated by guest curator, Andrea Fam, the artists and architects will discuss the themes presented in the exhibition, 3+3+3: On Condition. Gain insight into their processes, find out more about their art practices and engage in conversations about their visions and motivations. In conjunction with the talk, we will be launching the exhibition publication featuring other works by the artists, interview excerpts and contributions.


Programme Publication

The 3+3+3: On Condition exhibition publication features curatorial contributions by Andrea Fam and texts by Finbarr Fallon & Claire Goh, Geraldine Kang, Michael Lee, Mervin Loh and Isabella Teng Yen Lin.