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About The Artist

Kon Fu Shan Joshua (b. 1997) enjoys exploring how established systems of power can shape the world at an intimate level. An ongoing topic of interest for him is Singapore’s Sexuality Education curriculum. His approach includes satire and humor to expose flaws and limitations, and to reveal to audiences that nothing is truly unquestionable.

Joshua graduated from Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Art (Photography). He has participated in For the House; Against the House by OH! Open House during Singapore Art Week 2023. He was awarded the Kwek Leng Joo Excellence in Photography award in 2022.

Practical Biology (not a Biology practical)
By Joshua Kon

Fictional Booklet Matt paper | Edition of 30 |  21 x 29.7 cm, 28 pages

As an extension of the artist’s previous investigations into Singapore’s holistic and secular Sexuality Education curriculum, Practical Biology (not a Biology practical) places the delivery (or exclusion) of key information about our bodies and sexuality via the Science and Biology syllabus under the microscope of inquiry.

The work manifests in the form of a student’s worst nightmare - An exam they did not study for. Questions, language and anatomy diagrams appropriated from local secondary 2,3 and 4  assessment papers and previous GCE ‘O’ level exams press the reader for practical day-to-day knowledge on top of academic concepts.

It offers a glimpse of knowledge the artist wishes were imparted to him in an scholastic context.

Accompanying the fictional exam paper is a collection of archival documents and found literature that chronicles the artist’s research process.

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