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Committed to supporting artists, curators, and researchers by offering them time and space to pursue their research without the pressure of deadlines and production commitments, the Residencies Programme values the open-ended nature of artistic research and embraces multiform expressions of creative enquiry. Aiming to facilitate the production of knowledge, this studio-based programme is dedicated to established and emerging artists and serves as platform for critical exchange in Southeast Asia. The Residencies Programme offers a wide spectrum of programmes aimed at sharing the process of artistic research with the public - Residencies OPEN / Studio Sessions / Insights, which range from open studios, artists’ talks, conversations, performances, and screenings. The Residencies Programme unfolds through annual cycles and runs by nomination only. Every year, a rotating pool of curators and arts professionals from all over the world is invited to nominate two artists for the residency. The nominated artists are subsequently invited to submit a research proposal along with their portfolio and CV. Ultimately, the Residencies Committee, an international panel of experts, reviews the submitted materials and designates the artists who are awarded the residency.

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Green Zeng

Residency period

1 April 2020 – 29 September 2020

About

The works of filmmaker and artist Green Zeng (b. 1972, Singapore) scrutinise how history is written, interpreted, and disseminated. Focusing on issues such as student activism and the connection between archives, the state, and the individual, he reactivates fragments of the past and questions the artist’s role in “truth-telling”. His films have been presented in international festivals including the 30th Venice International Film Critics’ Week, Italy (2015) and Cannes Film Festival, France (2006) and his works have been included in group exhibitions at LASALLE’s Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore (2018, 2017); and Para Site, Hong Kong (2015) amongst other venues. His most recent solo presentation is Returning Revisiting and Reconstructing, Foundation Cinema Oasis, Bangkok, Thailand (2019).

Focus

The national archives contain numerous documents related to public assemblies (strikes, sit-ins, student protests, demonstrations, etc.), and yet collective gatherings aimed at voicing dissent have disappeared from the streets of present day Singapore. How do today’s youth address social issues and global emergencies? Where do they voice concern and manifest disagreement? Focusing specifically on student bodies, Green Zeng plans to investigate the history of public expressions of dissent and assess their relevance for younger generations. His efforts will be first directed at creating an archive of public assemblies in Singapore. This will allow him to engage university students on a series of workshops and participatory platforms aimed at understanding the performative function inherent in such actions. Ultimately, he will devise strategies of (re)enactment to reflect on how public assemblies embody the often strained relations between power and the people and shape our understanding of democracy, freedom, and civil rights.

Residencies brochure: (April – June 2020)

Residencies brochure (October 2020 – February 2021)

Image credit: Green Zeng, Students' Confession, 2018, video still. Courtesy the artist. 

Public programmes

Residencies Insights
PUBLIC ASSEMBLY
Artist talk by Green Zeng (Singapore), Artist-in-Residence
17 Sep 2020, Thu 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

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In this talk, Artist-in-Residence Green Zeng will discuss the creative process behind the making of a series which spans from participatory workshops to re-enactment strategies. He will introduce his current research project which surveys the history of public assemblies in Singapore and seeks to understand how younger generations express their opinion in the public sphere. Zeng will also present excerpts of Students Confession 1 and(2018), artworks from his series TV Confessions that explores power relations embedded in the political arena through the lens of parrhesia, the act of speaking the truth. 

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BIOGRAPHY

The works of artist and filmmaker Green Zeng (b. 1972, Singapore) address how history is written, interpreted, and disseminated. Focusing on issues such as student activism and the connection between archives, the state, and the individual, he reactivates fragments of the past and questions the artist’s role in truth-telling. His films have been presented in international festivals including the 30th Venice International Film Critics’ Week, Italy (2015) and Cannes Film Festival, France (2006) and his artworks have been included in group exhibitions at LASALLE’s Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore (2018, 2017); and Para Site, Hong Kong (2015) amongst other venues. His most recent solo presentation is Returning Revisiting and Reconstructing, Foundation Cinema Oasis, Bangkok, Thailand (2019).

He is Artist-in-Residence at NTU CCA Singapore from April until January 2021.

Image: Green Zeng, Students Confession, 2018, video still. Courtesy the artist.

 

Residencies OPEN
22 Jan 2021, Fri 03:00 PM - 09:00 PM
23 Jan 2021, Sat 02:00 PM - 07:00 PM

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Residencies OPEN offers a rare insight into the artist’s studio. Through discussions, performances, installations, and presentations of works-in-progress, Residencies OPEN showcases 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.

Featuring Artists-in-Residence:

Kin Chui (Singapore), ila (Singapore), Sim Chi Yin (Singapore/United Kingdom), Marvin Tang (Singapore), Boedi Widjaja (Indonesia/Singapore), and Green Zeng (Singapore).

Also joining Residencies OPEN is Beatrice Glow (United States) thanks to a new partnership between the Centre and the Yale-NUS College Artist-in-Residence Programme. For more info, refer to https://artsandhumanities.yale-nus.edu.sg/artists-in-residence/about/.

Image: Studio of Fyerool Darma, Residencies OPEN, 17 and 18 January 2020.

Residencies Insights
The Return
Film screening and Q&A with director Green Zeng (Singapore), Artist-in-Residence
10 Feb 2021, Wed 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

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Wen, a political detainee, is released after many years of imprisonment. Arrested without trial for being an alleged communist, he returns, an old man, to an uneasy reunion with his children. Wen also wanders through the city to see how his homeland has transformed into a shining metropolis. He is philosophical about his long detainment without trial and is ready to move on. But as the past collides with the present, unforeseen circumstances force his journey to take a tragic turn.

In 2015, The Return made its international premiere in competition at the 30th Venice International Film Critics’ Week, a parallel section of the Venice International Film Festival. It was first screened in Singapore at the 26th Singapore International Film Festival in 2015.

Limited spaces available, please register at https://the-return-green-zeng.eventbrite.sg.

 

Image: Green Zeng, The Return (2015), film still. Courtesy the artist.