Join Artist-in-Residence, Shooshie Sulaiman and curator, Melanie Pocock on this botanical walking tour at Gillman Barracks. Starting at Shooshie’s studio in Block 37 Malan Road and concluding at the site of two rubber trees, the locus of her interest is in the trade and exchange of rubber in Southeast Asia. With these trees, Shooshie has worked closely with a Balinese carver on site to lay a piece of contemporary history etched within the trees.
Shooshie Sulaiman‘s research has centred around Malaysia as one of the leading countries that supplies rubber to the world, and hence contributing to the the boom in local economic growth. The first nine seedlings to Malaysia made their way from Singapore to Malaysia in 1870s.
Melanie Pocock is Assistant Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore, LASALLE College of the Arts. She has written articles and reviews for ArtAsiaPacific, Eyeline, Frieze, Third Text and The Journal of Curatorial Studies, and is Editor-at-large of Kaleidoscope Asia. She was Editor of Sulaiman, a publication of Shooshie Sulaiman’s work and practice.
*Starts at Block 37 Malan Road, Studio #01-04 and includes a walk around Gillman Barracks