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Cleansing ritual: Participants having the ‘Mandi Bunga’ at the National Museum as part of the Singapore Biennale 2013. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network
IT was wet. It was messy. It was fun. And it was art.
The lawn of the National Museum saw 100 women, men and children dressed in sarong wraps, sitting in plastic tubs of water, drenching themselves and having a ball.
They were taking part in a mass Mandi Bunga – flower bath – in a 10-minute performance art piece by Malaysian artist Sharon Chin. It is one of 10 community-driven arts projects featured in this year’s Singapore Biennale, which is focused on South-East Asian art.
The flower bath item saw participants meeting at the Singapore Art Museum to collect flowers and herbs for the bath, before crossing over to the National Museum to sit in tubs, pour water on themselves and others and even whip off their sarongs at the end of the performance piece.
Participant Nur Sue’Aldah, 19, an art student, called it “a once-in-a-lifetime experience”.
“Mandi Bunga is traditionally a cleansing ritual bath. It was amazing to see how the artist got us all to connect with each other through such a simple ritual,” she said.
The Biennale is Singapore’s biggest contemporary art event. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network
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