Don't miss this online celebration inspired by the 'Latiff Mohidin: Pago Pago' exhibit


Latiff Mohidin at his 'Pago Pago' show in Paris in 2018. Photo: National Gallery Singapore

A three-day online symposium comprising performances, film screenings, readings and conversations surrounding Malaysian artist Latiff Mohidin's life and works will be streamed on National Gallery Singapore’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

Running from Sept 15-17, this symposium gathers artists, writers and activists who will draw on the history of art and its capacity to evoke change, in their discussion of everyday strategies that enable community-forming behaviour and how this can contribute to our understanding of our world.

Conceived by National Gallery Singapore with poet-painter Latiff Mohidin, this symposium is held in conjunction with Latiff Mohidin: Pago Pago, an exhibition presented by National Gallery Singapore (running till Sept 27) in collaboration with Musée National d’Art Moderne – Centre Pompidou in France.

This exhibit first showed in Paris in early 2018) and Ilham Gallery in Kuala Lumpur (Aug-Dec 30, 2018).

The exhibition traces a formative period in the artist’s practice in the 1960s, during which he travelled extensively across South-East Asia and Europe.

Echoing the spirit of travel, discovery and art-making, this online symposium expands and echoes the Minangkabau practice of "merantau", where one leaves the familiar behind in search of knowledge and wisdom. This is a concept at the heart of Latiff’s Pago Pago series.

Programmes include a film screening of Kalau Kau Mahu, which is titled after a poem that Latiff Mohidin authored in 1969 in solidarity with the Vietnamese boat people; and a conversation with Choy Ka Fai, author of virtual storybook Wandering With The Ghost which recollects the artist’s thoughts, movements and expedition into the world of butoh.

The Calm Has Brought Disquiet, the symposium’s closing session on Sept 17, gathers regional writers and practitioners - including Alfian Sa’at, Eddin Khoo, Pauline Fan, Nabilah Said and Nasri Shah - as they ponder on the act of wandering as constructive visioning and a method for uncovering new ways of thinking and moving.

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