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15 December 2023
Five new works for cinema by Edith Amituanai, Martin Sagadin, Ukrit Sa-nguanhai, Pati Tyrell, Sriwhana Spong
Curated by Dr May Adadol Ingawanij
*The video documentation of the discussion is in English only.
“What does a legacy taste, smell, sound, feel, or look like?
“Legacies are that which we carry, sometimes with pride and sometimes with shame, as the basis of social bonding, whether as things a people embodies with pride or as an enduring pain, a burden, some kind of ghost.
“Legacies as: the pre-modern artistic, cultural, linguistic and religious heritages of the place and land that you were born into and raised in; the legacies of colonisation, and the spectres of nations and nationalisms, during and after colonialism, and their continuing shaping force; the legacies of the modern art/film histories, narratives, and ways of knowing that shaped you, and that bring an ambivalence and a desire to undo.”
Each artist in CIRCUIT’s 2022/23 programme of artist cinema commissions, Edith Amituanai, Martin Sagadin, Ukrit Sa-nguanhai, Pati Tyrell, Sriwhana Spong, was invited to make a short film articulating the artist’s own personal response to a series of propositions about potential meaning and resonance of the term “legacies” by CIRCUIT’s 2022/23 curator-at- large, Dr May Adadol Ingawanij.
The questions posed by Dr May Adadol Indawanij to the artists mirrored the same struggles inherent in the endeavour of bringing the exhibition White Noise to fruition. Namely, to curate from an existing collection that deals with the complexity of the histories one belongs or are tied to, whether by choice or circumstance. As the final instalment in a series of public programs conceived for White Noise, Legacies also marks the conclusion of a six-month journey of this exhibition. As the curtain draws to a close, lingering questions remain, beckoning our contemplation.
The program consists of the screening of 05 moving image works, followed by a curatorial conversation between Dr May Adadol Indawanij, Prof Tram Luong and Van Do. The program is held concurrently at Fulbright University Vietnam (HCMC) and Á Space (Hanoi), and Co-organized by Nguyen Art Foundation (HCMC) and CIRCUIT (NZ) in partnership with Fulbright University Vietnam (HCMC) and Á Space (Hanoi) as part of White Noise’s public programme at Nguyen Art Foundation.