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Time: 2017.02.10 7-9pm
Venue: Taipei Contemporary Art Center, No.11, Lane 49, Baoan Street, Taipei (MRT: Daqiaotou Station)
Join artist/curator Kent Chan for a presentation and reading from his latest project If Not, Accelerate. The project examines the issues of migrant labor in Singapore through the matrix of the polis, the Greek word for city.
The etymological root of the words police, policy and polity, the polis as the de facto site of politics and its many entanglements provides the conceptual linkages to excavate the historic and contemporary links between Singapore and its large migrant labor population. Founded as a trading port, whereupon convicts brought to the city-state – in its dual role as penal colony – had built the very foundations of the city. Beyond their role in the ceaseless construction of the city, their status as indentured workers simultaneously define the obverse to the constituted power of the land.
Through an assemblage of videos, writings and objects that problematize the representation of migrant labour, If Not, Accelerate present an attempt to unravel a city, its socio-economic politics, anxiety and trajectory.
Kent Chan is an artist, filmmaker and curator based in Singapore and Amsterdam. His practice revolves around our encounters with art, fiction and cinema that explore the links between aesthetic experience and knowledge production, with particular interest in the relationship between moving images and the modern city. The works and practices of others often form the locus of his works, which examines the ambiguity that lies at the interstices of art (making) and daily life.
His works have taken the form of film, text, conversations and exhibitions.