Image: 1928 Old Dutch House // the wedding dress maker’s work studio, Holeng (2009)
Holeng: Lyrical Memoirs
Cultural, criticism, and curating of photographic engagement of an existential space
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
FREE and open to the public
Holeng, an artist and curator from Singapore who is currently based in Vienna, presents a talk titled Lyrical Memoirs: Cultural, criticism, and curating of photographic engagement of an existential space.
Lyrical Memoirs is a visual ethnography project comprised of photographs and text by Holeng. As urban regeneration and gentrification are inevitable sociological processes in today’s rapidly growing megacities, soon the old and decaying neighborhoods have to make way for new developments. Based on 4 years of fieldwork conducted on the hybridity of South East Asia’s Indo–European architectures, this project explores ideas of socio-cultural anthropologic studies focusing on heritage and social identity through dissecting the local contested landscapes in South East Asia.
These landscapes are a continuously reworked palimpsest – mapping and documenting vernacular experiences as a witness to the sociopolitical change of geography, historic events and identity building – through instances and objects that are visibly accumulated in an old house. The visuals represent a trigger to memory and the space for emotional and political engagement of its concern with cultural similarities and differences, both within and amongst South East Asian and European societies.