Esplanade Visual Arts Presents: Identifying Us
From October to December 2016, the Esplanade Visual Arts programme presents ‘Identifying Us’, featuring artists from around the region like Mit Jai Inn (Thailand), Jompet Kuswidananto (Indonesia) and Bui Cong Khanh (Vietnam). This ongoing programme has been holding regular exhibitions to showcase the beautiful art works of talented artists from all around Southeast Asia.
‘Identifying Us’ seeks to remind us of our roots and origins, despite the rapid changes that we have to adapt to in our present surroundings.
“In an increasingly cosmopolitian world, we are no longer confined to our own cultural practices and milieus. Yet at the same time, we also find it essential to understand what binds us to our homelands – our roots, history and culture.”
One of the exhibitions, ‘Dwellings’ by Bui Cong Khanh (Vietnam) gives us a look into the lives of his neighbours, a community of slum dwellers. This particular community, although small, was distinct amongst the many others who live in high-rise flats in Vietnam. Through the various pieces of artworks, like a miniature structure of a slum village and mini audio films, we were able to experience the living conditions and atmosphere of the slum village.
This exhibition is located at the Esplanade Tunnel.
“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots” – Marcus Garvey
Check out the other exhibitions like ‘Theatre State’ by Jompet Kuswidananto (Indonesia) and ‘BlissFullness (At Death’s Door)’ by Mit Jai Inn (Thailand), located at the Jendela (Visual Arts Space) and Esplanade Concourse respectively.
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