previews

  • Tomoko Yoneda, The Parallel Lives of Others–Encounter with Sorge Spy Ring (detail), fifteen gelatin silver prints, each 3 3/4 × 3 3/4". From “Native Revisions: Chua Chye Teck, Noh Suntag, Anup Mathew Thomas and Tomoko Yoneda.”

    “Native Revisions: Chua Chye Teck, Noh Suntag, Anup Mathew Thomas and Tomoko Yoneda”

    LASALLE's Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) Singapore
    LASALLE College of the Arts 1 McNally Street
    February 11 - April 12

    Curated by Melanie Pocock

    The familiar wager of many an exhibition in this corner of the world is to represent place as an abstraction—whether “Singapore,” “Southeast Asia,” or “Asia.” If this promise is kept, the visitor will know how to situate herself, root herself in identity, be. “Native Revisions” hopes to upend such a mind-set, gathering the work of four artists who adopt, yet transcend, a documentary and ethnographic approach to place: On view will be Chua Chye Teck’s febrile photographs of a forest in Singapore; Noh Suntag’s strange tale of radar in South Korea; Anup Mathew Thomas’s sly forensic unravelings of Keralan village life in India; and Japanese artist Tomoko Yoneda’s search for the ordinary in the epic and faraway. The show, together with its accompanying catalogue, proposes place as a malleable fiction, open to infinite revision. Expect a dissolution of postcolonial certainties.