Ghosts and Spectres – Shadows of History

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Title

Ghosts and Spectres – Shadows of History

Description

Ghosts and Spectres — Shadows of History features video installations and films by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand), Ho Tzu Nyen (Singapore), Nguyen Trinh Thi (Vietnam), and Park Chan-kyong (South Korea). The artists’ research into their own cultural and historical backgrounds gain shape through allegories that re-evaluate the social and political reforms in Post-War and Cold-War Asia. The cinematic works in the exhibition combine fact and fiction. They not only allude to rarely discussed subject-matters but also raise crucial questions about power and authority, construction of narratives, repression of identities, and collective trauma.

Embedded in the vernacular, ghosts, myths, and rituals present systems of knowledge that enable the expression of unknown worlds. Ghosts and Spectres — Shadows of History brings to light clouded histories at times not officially recounted but those that remain a lingering presence in collective memories through local mythologies, ghostly figures, and traditions. The works create their own language and systems of reference, reflecting current efforts of exposing written historical accounts and contemporary situations that subvert mainstream narratives.

In parallel, The Lab, NTU CCA Singapore’s platform for research in-progress, will be featuring projects by siren eun young jung (South Korea) and Choy Ka Fai (Singapore/Germany), both recent NTU CCA Singapore artists-in-residence. While jung focuses on Yeoseong Gukgeuk, a vanishing form of traditional Korean theatre featuring only female performers, Choy brings up his long-time research into Butoh dance, also called “dance of darkness,” and looks at its evolution and influence through one of the Butoh founders, Tatsumi Hijikata.

Ghosts and Spectres—Shadows of History is curated by Ute Meta Bauer, Founding Director, NTU CCA Singapore, and Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, NTU, and Khim Ong, Deputy Director, Curatorial Programmes.

Coverage

Exhibition Item Type Metadata

Short Description

Ghosts and Spectres — Shadows of History brings to light clouded histories at times not officially recounted but those that remain a lingering presence in collective memories through local mythologies, ghostly figures, and traditions.

Exhibition Mode

Exhibition Space

Location

Onsite (CCA)

Exhibition Start Date

2017-09-01

Exhibition End Date

2017-11-19

Collaboration

No

Commissioned Work

No

Files

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Fireworks (Archive), 2014. Ghost and Spectres – Shadows of History, 1 September – 19 November 2017, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, installation view.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Fireworks (Archive), 2014. Ghost and Spectres – Shadows of History, 1 September – 19 November 2017, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, installation view.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Fireworks (Archive), 2014. Ghost and Spectres – Shadows of History, 1 September – 19 November 2017, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, installation view.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Fireworks (Archive), 2014. Ghost and Spectres – Shadows of History, 1 September – 19 November 2017, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, installation view.
Ghost and Spectres – Shadows of History, 1 September – 19 November 2017, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, installation view of exhibition entrance.
Ghost and Spectres – Shadows of History, 1 September – 19 November 2017, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, installation view of exhibition entrance.
Ho Tzu Nyen, The Name, 2015. Ghost and Spectres – Shadows of History, 1 September – 19 November 2017, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, installation view.
Ho Tzu Nyen, The Name, 2015. Ghost and Spectres – Shadows of History, 1 September – 19 November 2017, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, installation view.
Nguyen Trinh Thi, Letters from Panduranga, 2015. Ghost and Spectres – Shadows of History, 1 September – 19 November 2017, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, installation view.
Nguyen Trinh Thi, Letters from Panduranga, 2015. Ghost and Spectres – Shadows of History, 1 September – 19 November 2017, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, installation view.
Park Chan-kyong, Citizen’s Forest, 2016. Ghost and Spectres – Shadows of History, 1 September – 19 November 2017, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, installation view.
Park Chan-kyong, Citizen’s Forest, 2016. Ghost and Spectres – Shadows of History, 1 September – 19 November 2017, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, installation view.

Collection

Citation

“Ghosts and Spectres – Shadows of History,” NTU CCA Singapore Digital Archive, accessed May 26, 2022, https://ntuccasingapore.omeka.net/items/show/104.