Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor, The end of the working day (2015), film still. Courtesy of the artists.
Episode 1: Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor
When I sleep I miss them, when I work I also miss them (2015) and The end of the working day (2015)
Opening reception: Thursday 18 June, 6.30pm
Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor are presenting a double channel video installation for the first episode of Bring it to LIFE. When I sleep I miss them, when I work I also miss them (2015) is a quote that surfaced during an interview with Bangladeshi worker and poet, Zakir Hussain. His words echo the sentiments and situation of millions of migrant workers, many who have travelled long distances in order to provide a living for their families back home.
The end of working day (2015) documents the daily journey of a group of young men going home after a hard day’s work, a familiar routine for foreign workers in Singapore who consist of 37.9% of the total workforce in Singapore (source: Ministry of Manpower, Singapore, 2014). Both films explore how modernity, globalisation, capitalism, colonialism, war and nature intersect with one another, affecting the destinies of various individuals. The work was produced during the artists’ residency at NTU CCA Singapore.
Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor have been working together since 2000. Their artistic practice confronts the traumatic legacy of Communism in their native Romania and Eastern Europe.
On view at The Lab (Block 43 Malan Road) throughout June, the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore Artist Resource Platform aims to provide local and visiting curators, researchers and scholars with a point of entry to the work and practice of local artists, independent art spaces and NTU CCA Singapore’s Artist-in-Residence. From 16 June, the Platform will be activated through Bring it to LIFE, a curatorial response to the Platform. Structured in four different episodes, Bring it to LIFE brings to the fore artworks by Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor, Kray Chen, Sufian Samsiyar, and Geraldine Kang, that directly engage with the subject matter of PLACE.LABOUR.CAPITAL through themes of migration and capital transactions. In addition, it uses spatial interventions as a tool to highlight that the production of meaning is also a spatial process and our movement into a confined place impacts upon the way we relate to it and make meaning out of it.
Conceived by a constellation of voices from NTU CCA Singapore, this project is curated by Shona Findlay, Curatorial Assistant, Residencies, Syaheedah Iskandar, Curatorial Assistant, Exhibitions, Samantha Leong, Executive, Conference, Workshops & Archive, and Kimberly Shen, Manager, Communications.
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