Saturday, 28 July 2007

WE


Date: 28 July – 4 November 2007
Venue: NUS Museum
Free Admission

WE - an everyday term. Its familiarity and ubiquitous use in the daily context belies its complexity. As constructions of community or nation, what constitutes the ‘we’? How does it come to be? Place making, references to memory, history and iconography form part of the processes of identity formation. How is this determined and where are the fault lines? Through the works and projects by contemporary Singaporean practitioners – including Ang Song Ming, Michael Lee and Francis Ng, Tan Pin Pin and Ming Wong - WE invites us to consider the production and reproduction of collective identities and its related discourses such as place, culture and nation.

Accompanying the exhibition is the world premiere of a feature documentary INVISIBLE CITY by Tan Pin Pin on 19 July 2007 at 8pm at the UCC Theatre, NUS. One of Singapore’s best known filmmakers, Tan directed the critically and commercially acclaimed Singapore GaGa as well as the multi award-winning Moving House. She now turns her sharp and witty eye to the subject of memory. Invisible City chronicles the ways which people attempt to leave a mark before they and their histories disappear. From an avid amateur film director trying to preserve his decaying trove of Singapore footage to an intrepid Japanese journalist hunting down Singaporean war veterans, Tan Pin Pin draws out doubts, regrets and the poignantly ordinary moments of these protagonists who attempt immortality.

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