14 January - 14 February 2016
Aliwal Arts Centre


14 January - 14 February 2016
Aliwal Arts Centre

‘Can’t be bothered’ – a phrase of disinterest, that marks a sense of mischievous disregard for authority. Combined, these traits are the definition of youth rebellion, personified in the skateboarder. 

 Skill, discipline, ambition and creativity in using skateboarding as a personal form of self-expression, has resulted in the sport developing its own distinct language and visual identity, recognised in youth culture as a genre in its own right.

Cannot Be Bo(a)rdered is a visual exploration of youth rebellion through skate culture. The exhibition will explore popular 20th century subcultures in new works by 16 artists/collectives from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Using the skateboard as a primary medium, each work will challenge existing stereotypes by reconstructing a new narrative through different creative styles and visual expressions.

This exhibition is a part of the Aliwal Urban Art Festival 2016.

  • Asfi K
  • Brandon Tay x Jonning Chng x Safuan Johari
  • Dominic Jacob Clark
  • Dyn Starr Galactica
  • Muhammad Izdi
  • Ryf Zaini
  • Speak Cryptic
  • The Chain Gang
  • TraseOne
  • Yasee Poh
  • Zac Tan
  • ZERO
  • Bambang Toko
  • Popok Triwahyudi
  • Donald Abraham
  • Nizam Rahmat
About the Curator

Iman Ismail is an artist, curator and overall art devotee. A MA graduate from LASALLE-SIA College of The Arts, he received the Della Butcher Award in 2003. As artist and curator, he has used visual art to investigate different subcultures within Singapore and the region; looking to interweave and initiate discourse between differing creative practices. Iman currently oversees contemporary art presentations at the National Museum of Singapore.

About Aliwal Urban Art Festival

The Aliwal Urban Art Festival is an annual celebration of Singapore cool. Get down to a carefully-curated selection of art inspired by international street culture – from graffiti to graphic art, rock to afro-beat, skateboarding to breakdancing. Organised by Aliwal Arts Centre, the festival's location in Kampong Gelam is apt - the district is named one of Singapore's coolest neighborhoods by international press, with its rich history and culture, mixed with on-trend shops and cafes. Come as you are and join the fun.

Aliwal Urban Art Festival is part of Singapore Art Week, supported by the National Arts Council of Singapore.

About Singapore Art Week

The Aliwal Urban Art Festival is part of Singapore Art Week (16 – 24 January 2016). An initiative by the National Arts Council, in partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board and Singapore Economic Development Board, Singapore Art Week reinforces Singapore’s position as Asia’s leading arts destination. It is a nine-day celebration of the visual arts, held at many venues across Singapore, including museums, art precincts and non-profit spaces.

Reaching out to both Singapore residents and international visitors, Singapore Art Week offers a myriad of quality art experiences, from art fairs, gallery openings, exhibitions, lifestyle events and public art walks, to enriching discussions on art and culture. Covering the visual arts beyond contemporary practices, including modern and traditional visual forms, Singapore Art Week also aims to galvanise the arts sector to launch innovative art and lifestyle concepts and events in conjunction with it. For more information, please visit

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