Panel Discussion: Myth-making / Art-making
Featuring Loo Zihan, Zarina Muhammad, Daniel Hui & Nurul Huda Rashid
Presented in conjunction with Stories That Matter 2019: Myths
Sat 2 Mar 2019, 4.30pm to 6pm
Workshop Space, Objectifs
Admission: Free; RSVP via Peatix
Join us for a robust discussion on how the investigation of myths takes on different forms in art-making, with four Singapore artists whose practices interrogate and disrupt existing paradigms within history, convention and folklore.
Loo Zihan is an artist and academic from Singapore working at the intersections of critical theory, performance, and the moving-image. He received his Masters of Fine Arts in Studio Practice from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Masters in Performance Studies from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His work emphasises the malleability of memory through various representational strategies that include performance re-enactments and essay films. He was awarded the Young Artist Award (2015) and an Arts Postgraduate Scholarship (2017) by the National Arts Council of Singapore.
Zarina Muhammad is an independent researcher, curator, arts practitioner and educator based in Singapore. She lectures on art history and cultural / contextual studies at LASALLE College of the Arts. She is currently working on a multidisciplinary research project on cultural translations pertaining to ritual magic, Southeast Asian mythologies, animism and folk religion, sacred sites and the cross / intercultural interpretations of witchcraft.
Addressing contentious historical episodes, the films of Daniel Hui (b.1986, Singapore) straddle between documentary and fiction, blurring the boundaries between institutional accounts, mythical narratives, oral testimonies, and personal memories. His films have been screened at various film festivals and museums including the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea (2016); Singapore Art Museum (2015); and International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands (2010). Snakeskin (2014) received awards at the 2015 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan, and at the Torino Film Festival, Italy in 2014. His latest film, Demons (2018), premiered at the Busan International Film Festival, South Korea.
Nurul Huda Rashid:
Nurul Huda Rashid is an educator, writer and image-maker. Lecturing in different subjects across Anthropology, Liberal and Visual Arts, she commutes across different classrooms with a love for facilitation and performance. She is also a researcher whose interests focus on issues concerning the visual and sentient body, visual imagery and methodologies, narratives (text and the telling), and feminism. This often ties up with notions of identity, both as expressed through Self and Other. Her research interests are manifested through different mediums, in both text and the visual. (http://nurulh.weebly.com
About Stories That Matter: Myths
Myths are as old as human civilisation. They inform, obfuscate and empower our most deep seated beliefs. This edition of Stories That Matter unpacks the role mythic tradition continues to play in our lives, through national, political and cultural narratives that shape our perception of the world.
Stories That Matter is an annual programme presented by Objectifs that looks at critical issues and trends in non-fiction visual storytelling.
Visit our website for information about the programme: objectifs.com.sg/storiesthatmatter2019
Header image from Snakeskin by Daniel Hui