What’s softest in the world rushes and runs over what’s hardest in the world. (2024), video, 14:30 mins

Installation photo by: Andrea Avezzù
Courtesy: La Biennale di Venezia

“What’s softest...” is a glimpse of queer parenthood in Singapore, where such families are illegitimate under the eyes of the law. Like Kin, the hybrid documentary film combines interview material with a constructed communal space for play and imagination. The film’s title is taken from Ursula K. Le Guin’s rendition of the Dao De Jing and refers to the dichotomy of water and stone. By gathering sensibilities of the natural world, Eastern cosmology, and interdependence, “What’s softest...” presents queerhood as an open field of possibility, one brimming with life that is to come.

“What’s softest...” was commissioned by Vega Foundation for Biennale Arte 2024 - Foreigners Everywhere, curated by Adriano Pedrosa.