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Hermes brings in Noriko Ambe’s thought-provoking exhibition of textbook-sculptures

Known for turning books into sculptures, the Japanese artist works with textbooks this time, to illustrate the trials that youth now face.

If you’re in the vicinity of Hermes’ revamped space at Liat Towers, you’re in for a visual treat. Drop by Aloft – Hermes’ platform for artists working with new and expressive forms of art – and visit the thought-provoking works of Noriko Ambe, a New York-based Japanese artist-sculptor who uses books in place of clay.

(RELATED:  If you haven’t been to the spiffed-up Hermes flagship yet, check out the photos.)

Ambe’s latest project, (Un)filtered Reflections, uses textbooks to aptly capture the struggles that today’s youth deal with: how they keep up with the onslaught of an increasingly tech-driven world while straddling the demands of rigid education systems. Point of interest: Ambe collaborated with Singaporean and Japanese students for some pieces. Why the two nations, you ask? Well, both are known for high-pressure education systems.

“Since 1999 I have been cutting paper and books, altering them to embody the relationship among humans, time and nature,” says Ambe. “In this project, using textbooks as the key material, I focused on transforming [their] meaning in order to express the relationship between the textbooks and theindividual students who use them.”

(Un)filtered Reflections is on exhibition from Nov 22 2017 to Feb 11 2018 at Aloft, located on the third storey of the Hermes flagship store. Exhibition hours from 10:30am to 8pm daily. Admission is free.

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