How a Celine Dion song kept artist CC Kua sane during her extended lockdown residency

  • Culture
  • Friday, 31 Jul 2020

Kua's 'It's Time To Go Home' (gouache on paper, 2020), which details her residency programme extended stay at Rimbun Dahan during the movement control order (MCO). Photos: CC Kua

What happens when you are away on an artist residency and a pandemic strikes?

In CC Kua’s case, the implementation of the movement control order (MCO) in March meant three things: her residency at Rimbun Dahan, which was supposed to end in early April, was extended by a month; she spent several weeks at the garden-like residency grounds on her own (the other artists left before MCO started); and she sang (Celine Dion's) All By Myself every day – which ended up being the title of her current solo exhibition at The Back Room in Kuala Lumpur.

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