Bird's Eye View - NTU Chinese Heritage Centre, circa 1960s. Courtesy of Simon Soon.
This seminar takes two approaches on the notions on place. The first will look at this through the work of Artist-in-Residence, Hamra Abbas whose past work has engaged with different facets of iconographic architecture. Simon Soon will share his research findings on the architectural and landscape history of Nanyang University (1955 and 1980) in relation to his larger project addressing how landscape and architecture facilitate a form of “social memory-practice” to Chinese modernity outside of China. Cheo Chai Hiang (artist) and Lai Chee Kien (architect) will act as respondents in this lively discussion.
Simon Soon (Malaysia) is a writer and researcher who recently completed his PhD where he examined the spatial-visual practice of left-leaning political art movements in Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines from 1950s – 1970s.
Hamra Abbas (Pakistan/United States) creates new platforms from which to view notions of culture, tradition, exchange and power. Abbas is the recipient of the Jury prize at Sharjah Biennial 9 and the Abraaj Capital Art Prize in 2011. Hamra Abbas' residency exchange is in collaboration with the Kadist Art Foundation.
NTU CCA Singapore, The Lab, Block 43 Malan Road
Tue - Sun: 12.00 - 7.00pm
Fri: 12.00 - 9.00pm
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