Samuel Xun (b. 1994 Singapore) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Singapore, graduating from LASALLE College of the Arts. His practice explores emblems of culture and identity, often centred around themes of emotion, cognition, and aestheticism. His work includes sculpture installation, textile compositions, and graphic art informed by film, culture, and personal narratives.
Governed by a process of object-making that seeks catharsis through contemplation and ritual, his oeuvre cross-references the hegemonic framework of Singaporean queer culture with Euro-American lineages of camp and queer aestheticsm, and is frequently imbued with social commentary on issues of queer identity within the national rhetoric. Samuel is interested in how art can facilitate empathy, preserve culture, and foster better social interaction in a digital age.
His recent exhibitions include a solo, I’m Exhausted, Where is He?, Art Agenda, Singapore (2022), and group exhibitions, Veneer & Visage, Supper House, Singapore (2022), It’s My Party & I’ll Cry if I Want to, The Projector, Singapore (2022), Dress/Address, Grey Projects, Singapore (2021), and Only Losers Left Alive, Yeo Workshop, Singapore (2021). Xun and his work have also been published in VOGUE, The Straits Times, ELLE, Female, L’OFFICIEL, MU/SE, MEGA, Nüyou (女友), Mensfolio, and elsewhere.