1 October 2018 – 31 March 2019
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). His feature-length film Snakeskin (2014) received awards at the 2015 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan, and at the Torino Film Festival, Italy in 2014. Hui’s latest film, Demons (2018) recently premiered at the Busan International Film Festival, South Korea.
Intrigued by the state-control of language and the memorialisation of individuals in Singapore, in the past three months Daniel Hui has been researching the forgotten figure of Tan Chu Boon. He was the older brother of Tan Chay Wa (1948–1983), a Malayan political dissident and official of the Malayan National Liberation Front, a militant organisation linked to the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM). With the exacerbation of the relationship between the CPM and both the Singaporean and the Malaysian governments in the post-independence period, Chay Wa was executed in Kuala Lumpur on the charge of possessing firearms. Shortly after burying his brother in Singapore, Chu Boon was imprisoned because the tombstone inscription, which eulogised Chay Wa as a martyr, was deemed by the government “prejudicial to the security of Singapore.” This research will lead to the production of a new work that intertwines personal testimonies, anecdotes, and official histories.
26 Jan 2019, Sat 02:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Residencies OPEN offers a rare insight into the often-introverted sphere of the artist studios. Through showcasing discussions, performances, installations, and works-in-progress, Residencies OPEN profiles the diversity of contemporary art practice from around the globe and the divergent ways artists conceive an artwork with the studio as a constant space for experimentation and research.
Come meet our current Artists-in-Residence in their studios! Featuring Francisco Camacho Herrera (Colombia/Netherlands), Daniel Hui (Singapore), Soyo Lee (South Korea), John Low (Singapore), Tan Kai Syng (Singapore), and John Torres (Philippines).
Image caption: Residencies OPEN, January 2018.