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Workshop: Reclaiming Nusantara? by artists ila, nor and Nurshafitri Ya’akob (all Singapore)

6 Apr 2019, Sat 03:00 PM - 05:30 PM
The Seminar Room, Block 43 Malan Road

Workshop fee: $10

Registration required via Peatix


Where is the Nusantara? Who is the Nusantara? What do we align ourselves with in the past and what futures will we create together?

This workshop, a follow-up to a previously ran workshop held last year, Siapa Dia Wanita Nusantara (Who is the Nusantara Woman?), aims to create conversations around the idea of the “Nusantara”, an arguably dated and oftentimes unclear regional construct that has resurfaced every now and then with regards to recent waves of conversations around decolonisation of the Malay archipelago. Centering around themes of intersecting identities, belonging, and speculative histories, this workshop invites anyone who feel that they can benefit from, by sharing about their own stories and experiences, the explorations of their personal oral histories, through spoken word and a collective imagining of the past and future.



ila (Singapore) is a visual and performance artist who works with found objects, moving images, and live performance. She seeks to create alternative nodes of experience and entry points into the peripheries of the unspoken, the tacit, and the silenced. With light as her medium of choice, and invisible communities as her point of interest, ila weaves imagined narratives into existing realities. Using her body as a space of tension, negotiation, and confrontation, she creates work that generates discussions about gender, history, and identity in relation to pressing contemporary issues. ila has performed at National Design Centre (2019), Performance Archives Resource Orchestrator, Singapore (2018); and ArtScience Late, Singapore (2018); had a solo presentation at Coda Culture, Singapore (2018); and exhibited at OH! Open House, Singapore (2019); Objectifs – Centre for Photography & Film, Singapore (2016), Ketemu Project Space, Bali (2016), and Unifiedfield, Granada (2015); among others.

nor (Singapore) is a multidisciplinary artist whose works investigate the performative aspects of our identities. Her work is rooted in self-portraiture, exploring themes such as gender, sexuality, and ethnicity through photography, film, performance, and spoken word. 

Nurshafitri Ya’akob (Singapore) explores the nuanced psyche that individuals keep hidden in their subconscious. She expounds on the duality and sometimes hypocrisy of certain ideologies and theories that have been made palatable for the society. 


A public programme of Arus Balik – From below the wind to above the wind and back again.


Image caption: ila, BEKAS, 2019, video still. Courtesy the artist.