I can’t, I have to go to Mongolia (2/12 SOLO)

Michael Lee


For this solo project, Michael Lee invites you to share your best excuse for not turning up, and then see it transformed into a performance. I can’t, I have to go to Mongolia is a community project that explores excuse as a site of struggle and dilemma. It strives to develop ways to resist the expectation to perform the social role of networking in the contemporary art scene.

Showing up at every art event or not at all could both mean oblivion. Between lying by saying you’ll be there when you won’t and feeling guilty about saying no when you actually want to, what have you got? Excuses tend to be a means to the endpoint of successfully avoiding a duty or obligation. What if excuses are starting points instead? What if your excuse becomes the seed of a new performance?

Exhibition:13–23 February 2020/ Installation, video and live performances Dimension variable /Opening reception & performances: 13 February 6.30–9pm/ Discussion with Anca Rujoiu: 22 February, 4-5pm

I  can’t, I have to go to Mongolia is the third project of the exhibition series, “12 Solo” of Comma Space 逗号空间.

Artist: Michael Lee (b. 1972, Singapore) is an artist based in Singapore. He researches urban memory and fiction, especially the contexts and implications of loss. He transforms his observations into diagrams, models, environments, events or texts. Among his curatorial projects is “what it is about when it is about nothing” (2015) held in Mizuma Gallery, Singapore. He is currently observing the mood of Singapore’s art scene. https://michaelleehonghwee.wordpress.com 

Curator: Dr. Wang Ruobing is an artist and curator who currently teaches at the LASALLE College of the Arts. https://www.lasalle.edu.sg/about/academics/wang-ruobing

I can’t, I have to go to Mongolia