Born in New Zealand of Indian and Pacific descent. Tiffany Singh is a Social Practice artist, specialising in installation outcomes. Her practice explores the relationship between engagement in arts, culture and subjective well-being.Â Since returning from India to New Zealand in 2008, Singh has worked on sustainable community outreach, exploring participation and engagement in the arts and focusing on an expanding range of research within the social sciences. Her interest in cultural preservation combined with strong social and political discourse has seen
Tiffany deals predominantly with notions of ritual, sacred space and place, health and wellbeing and Eastern and Western spirituality, within a contemporary context. Her work is immersive and holistic, bathing the audience in the world she creates and asking them to engage, alter and co-author an experience of their choosing.
Her new work at Te Papa taps into her current academic enquiry which explores the dynamic between Arts, Health and Wellbeing. The project aims to enrich our understanding of the world by drawing on the use of diverse forms of knowledge including scientific evidence and traditional knowledge to examine theories of wellbeing in conjunction with contemporary art. Her belief that an open ended experiential process has the potential to establish real dialogue, repositions both artwork and artist to be more about how to listen, than what to tell. Although the artworks are often not intentionally positioned to be political and operate largely without a politically guaranteed public, the important relationship between democratic public life, education, politics and learning, informs and encourages an audience pedagogy to enter the sphere of the political.
Tiffany Singh completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland (2008), and she has since initiated major artistic projects both nationally and internationally. Most recently, her major collaborative public project Fly Me Up To Where You Are has been featured as part of the New Zealand Arts Festival (2016). Singh was the second artist selected to present a year-long installation for the learning centre at the newly opened Auckland Art Gallery Toi o TÄmaki (2012/2013). Two major international Biennial installations include, 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012) and Medi(t)ation: Contemporary Asian Art Biennial at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (2011). Singh has been awarded numerous artist residencies including, the upcoming Asia New Zealand Foundation residency at Taiwan Artists Village (2018), a residency at the Montalvo Arts Centre in California (2013) and at the McCahon House Residency in Titirangi (2014). Her recent commission for Te Papa Museum has been acquired for the collection and she has recently been awarded the 2017 Arts Foundation New Generation Award.