Film Screening + Panel Discussion | RIAU [PG]

Film Screening + Panel Discussion

Date: Tuesday, 25 October, 2016
Time: 7.30pm - 9.00pm
Venue: University Cultural Centre Theatre, NUS

Registration is compulsory.

RIAU is a 30-minutes film which documents Zai Kuning’s extended period of stay with the Orang Laut (sea gypsies), living in a nomadic fishing village around the Riau islands in the early 2000s. Weaving recorded impressions of their daily life together with the artist’s anecdotes, the film is an intimation of the dislocated histories embodied by the Orang Laut. Created as part of the artist’s larger project on the Riau archipelago, the film has been screened in various film festivals and biennales including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Busan International Film Festival, and the 3rd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial.

This film screening is presented as an opening event for <“There are too many episodes of people coming here...”>, an exhibition that examines particular sites around Singapore and the currency of their histories. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion between the artist Zai Kuning and the art historian T.K. Sabapathy.

About the exhibition
<“There are too many episodes of people coming here...”> builds on the previous exhibition’s interest towards the textuality of exhibitions, bringing in additional materials by artists Charles Lim, Dennis Tan and Zai Kuning as a means to rewrite and open up newer points of departure. Each work or project may be considered in its own right and contexts, or may be read simultaneously as episodic units of meaning. This inclusion of newer materials by the aforementioned artists generates a new complexity for the exhibition, but at the same time points to the very conditions of the exhibitionary medium.

The screening of 'RIAU' is a Parallel Program of Singapore Biennale 2016 'Atlas of Mirrors'.
For more information on Singapore Biennale 'Atlas of Mirrors', visit

*PG - Parental Guidance

**Film is in Malay with English subtitles

***Guests are to be seated by 7.20pm


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