Thursday, 17 July 2014

Exhibition | SAFE SEA (18 - 27 July 2014)

[Gallery impression, 'SAFE SEA' | Charles Lim, National Museum of Singapore, 2014]

Presented as part of Singapore HeritageFest 2014

Date: 18 - 27 July 2014
Time: 10am - 6pm daily
Venue: National Museum of Singapore, #01-03

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Whilst Singapore's history has been informed by its maritime ecology and the rise of an international port connected to its city, most personal stories related to the sea remain very much flushed out of the national imaginary. Seen as a trigger for more discussions through the mobilising of a collection of objects and documents centred largely on the anecdotal, SAFE SEA presents an evolving and intuitional archive composed of sea-proof vaults that facilitate and, almost unendingly, gather ephemera pertaining to Singapore's relationship with the sea. It begins with the particular story of Singapore's first and only Maritime Museum (1972-2002), which used to be on Pulau Blakang Mati (today, Sentosa), and its founding curator Eric Alfred. If you wish to know more, please approach its 'librarian'.

SAFE SEA follows Lim's solo exhibition at NUS Museum titled In Search of Raffles' Light (2013), an exhibition that tracked the myriad ways in which Singapore's maritime boundaries are constituted. This exhibition is curated by Shabbir Hussain Mustafa and Kenneth Tay. Co-organised by the National Museum of Singapore and NUS Museum, SAFE SEA is a programme of Singapore HeritageFest 2014. The collection of maritime books and publications is kindly loaned from Youth Skipper Flotilla.

About the artist
Charles Lim Yi Yong is Singapore's representative to the Venice Biennale in 2015, where he will present a project titled SEA STATE an ongoing body of works he has been developing since 2008. Lim's 2011 short film All The Lines Flow Out premiered at the 68th Venice Film Festival, winning a Special Mention -- the first award ever won there by a Singaporean production.

Presented by: National Heritage Board
Supported by: Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth
Main sponsors: Tote Board & National Integration Council
In celebration of SG50

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