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Centro Audiovisual Max Stahl Timor-Leste (CAMSTL)

est. 2003, Timor-Leste
Live and work in Timor-Leste

Birth (of a Nation), 2019

7-channel video installation: soundscape and computer terminal
Installation and dimensions variable; duration 1:00:00 mins
Collection of the Artist
Singapore Biennale 2019 commission

Presented as a seven-channel video installation, a selection of archival materials drawn from the CAMSTL archive provides audiences with an entry point to understand the fraught history and vibrant culture of Southeast Asia’s youngest nation-state, as well as the Timorese struggle for democracy and nationhood. Pivoting on a vital moment of the nation’s history, this extensive audio-visual work – filmed over 30 years – encapsulates historical events as well as touches on subjects ranging from Timorese music to dance, crafts, food and social practices. In so doing, the work underscores the importance and currency of archival work as a means of preserving memory, culture and heritage in times of struggle.


Images courtesy of the Artist and Max Stahl

Centro Audiovisual Max Stahl Timor-Leste (CAMSTL) (est. 2003, Timor-Leste) is the world’s leading archive on audio-visual material pertaining to Timor-Leste’s history, culture and traditions. The archive is currently home to more than 6,000 hours of material. Its collection on Timor-Leste’s struggle for independence, collectively titled ‘On the Birth of a Nation: Turning Points,’ was inscribed in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register in 2013.