Asia the Unmiraculous by Ho Rui An (2018-20, 71 min), and The Pelagic Tracts by Shubigi Rao (2018, 25 min)
26 November to 5 December 2021 at 72-13.
Tue – Sat: 12pm – 7:30pm (Closed on Mondays)
Sun: 12pm – 6pm
Ho’s video installation Asia the Unmiraculous sought to diffuse the aura of a “miraculous” Asia by examining the entirely profane conditions that set the stage for the first large-scale crisis of globalisation. Ho considered the conditions that made possible the “Asianisation” of the miracle and the crisis that followed.
Fourteen digital prints in the style of real estate listings accompanied the video installation. One such example was a poster detailing the construction of high-speed rail networks as part of China’s ongoing Belt and Road initiative, revealing a juxtaposition when one recalls the history of Chinese immigrants’ labour and involvement in the First Transcontinental Railroad of the United States back in the 1860s.
Hosted in conjunction with Ho’s work, we saw a return of Shubigi Rao as she presented her film, The Pelagic Tracts. Shubigi, visual artist, writer and theorist is no stranger to PerForm having been its inaugural fellow presented in May 2021. The Pelagic Tracts brought to focus her concern with lived histories of painful destructions and challenged the way we view what is worthy of preservation. In this film, she charted the history of lost and damaged books through a mythical world from existing letters and records from the libraries, archives, and her interactions. in Kochi with local librarians and paper pulpers, as well as the libraries devasted by the floods in 2018.
This is the first time that both works had been exhibited in Singapore.