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RIAU BY ZAI KUNING

A PARALLEL PROJECT OF THE SINGAPORE BIENNALE 2016

Riau is a 30-minute film which documents Zai Kuning’s period of stay with the Orang Laut (sea gypsies) in a nomadic fishing village around the Riau islands. Weaving recorded impressions of their daily life with the artist’s anecdotes, the film is an intimation of the dislocated histories embodied by the Orang Laut. This film screening is presented as an opening event for ‘There are too many episodes of people coming here’, an exhibition that examines particular sites around Singapore and the currency of their histories. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion between Zai and art historian T.K. Sabapathy.