On 28 March 2018, Irwan Ahmett and Tita Salina concluded their residency at NTU CCA Singapore with the lecture Name Laundering during which Ahmett made the solemn pledge (sumpah) not to return to Singapore, an oath that holds true until today. A Tumbling Inch is a performative action from Batam, the Indonesian island closest to Singapore.. Performed from a vantage point rife with strategic and symbolic implications, the work revolves around a man’s nostalgic longing for the Lion City. Following the free movement of sea waves across the Straits of Malacca, the man addresses archipelagic histories, the relations between Indonesia and Singapore, and the inequalities created by ruthless economic development.
The closing programme for Irwan Ahmett and Tita Salina: The Ring of Fire (2014 – ongoing).
Image Caption: Irwan Ahmett and Tita Salina, A Tumbling Inch (image taken from the closest distance between Irwan and Singapore border on December 11, 2018), 2018. Courtesy the artists.