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Daniel Chong

Till my hands went numb



What does it mean to hold on for too long; to hold on till you forgot the feeling of warmth? In an ode to the illogical yet human nature of remembrance the exhibition Till my hands went numb dives into the perils of longing.

Each work in the exhibition consist of a temporal material that forces constant maintenance. From materials such as milk, chocolate and water, these works would rot, dry or mould if not for a dedicated hand. This care is an allegory for the very human desire to cling onto the past, and feed our longings and desires. The exhibition embraces the flawed and often recalcitrant emotions of holding on that we keep returning to again and again. In it we intentionally participate in an exhausting loop of remembrance and care in hopes of change.

Daniel Chong (b. 1995, Singapore) is an artist-curator that works between the quiet slippages of function and sentimentality. In his works, Chong subtlety exposes the emotive qualities attached to these objects. From strength to grief and recently, intimacy, he engages with materialism as a means to unearth our affective connections through objects, but centred in our understanding of them through its use. His practice is often characterised with the ability to softly nudge our preconceived notions of objects through minute interventions. Seemingly irreverent and casual, inherent in Chong’s practice is a thorough process of listening and working an object through its materiality.

Opening: Friday June 17 at 5PM

Period: 17 till 26 June 2022

Location: XPO, Stroinksbleekweg 2, 7523 ZL, Enschede (NL)
Open: Thursday till Sunday from 11AM to 17PM

Monday till Wednesday by appointment only, email dc.daniel.chong@gmail.com

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