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Face to Face

June 8, 2019 - July 7, 2019

Face to Face

For the curious and the creative – those who have been fascinated with the creation of puppets and the telling of stories through puppetry – this is an exhibition of puppets and charcoal and pencil drawings …

Indonesian artist Iwan Effendi (co-founder, puppeteer, director and set designer of and for Papermoon Puppet Theatre and trained in visual arts) explores the process with a special focus on the ‘face’ of a puppet – ‘a living thing with the eyes’.

Effendi’s puppets, made of wood and rattan, have faces created from papier mache, from clay moulds, with washi paper as a finishing touch (a process learnt in Japan). He sees the faces as blank slates, giving the puppeteer the freedom to give it the emotions required for a particular story to elicit the appropriate audience reactions and a willing suspension of disbelief. “The faces are daydreaming. A puppet is more expressive when it moves. When it is still, it’s more enigmatic.”

At the vernissage (which, according to Wikipedia is a preview of an art exhibition, which may be private, before the formal opening) on June 8th, (4.00 to 7.00 p.m.) he will ‘activate’ the puppets with a short performance that has no story, but demonstrates how they are brought to life.

Not a ‘common’ experience, this, so take the kids and fire their imagination !

Tuesdays to Saturdays : 11.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.

Sundays : 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.


June 8, 2019  
to July 7, 2019
Free admission
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Mizuma Gallery
22 Lock Road #01-34 Gillman Barracks 108939 Singapore + Google Map
+65 6570 2505


Mizuma Gallery
+65 6570 2505