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NTU CCA Singapore Exhibitions is focused on contemporary artistic production that provides a critical platform for reflection and discussion. The exhibition programme embraces artistic production in all its diverse media with a commitment to current debates in visual culture. NTU CCA Singapore presents up to four exhibitions a year ranging in format from group to solo shows giving voice to a diversity of international artists. Each exhibition is accompanied by an extensive public programme of tours, talks and workshops that foster reflections on the exhibition from various perspectives and disciplines.

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Allan Sekula: Fish Story, to be continued

3 July 2015 — 27 September 2015

Fish Story, to be continued presents an investigation of the global maritime industry, an extensive research of the late artist, theorist, photography historian and critic, Allan Sekula. Showing for the first time in Southeast Asia, NTU CCA Singapore will juxtapose chapters from Fish Story (1988 – 1993) alongside two film works, Lottery of the Sea (2006) and The Forgotten Space (2010) co-directed with Nöel Burch. With a focus on the core works of his explorations of the maritime world, this exhibition aims to emphasise Allan Sekula’s sustained argument that the sea is the “forgotten space” of the contemporary global economy. Fish Story, to be continued will include works from the collections of Fond Regional d’art contemporain Bretagne, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York and Thyssen Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA 21), Vienna.

An International Symposium is organised on the occasion of Fish Story, to be continued on Saturday 26 September 2015. Bringing together different researchers and artists who have collaborated or share common interests with Allan Sekula’s work, the symposium will focus on key themes of his practice including questions of critical realism in contemporary art and representation of labour.

This exhibition is part of NTU CCA Singapore’s curatorial programme PLACE.LABOUR.CAPITAL., a trandisciplinary research addressing the complexities of a world in flux and the network of connections that such underlying elements define at both local and global scale.

Curated by Ute Meta Bauer, Founding Director and Anca Rujoiu, Curator, Exhibitions.

Public programmes

Exhibition de(Tour) led by Anca Rujoiu, NTU CCA Singapore Curator, Exhibitions
10 Jul 2015, Fri 7:30pm - 9:00pm

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Exhibition de(Tour) led by Andrea Nanetti, Associate Professor at the School of Art, Design & Media, Nanyang Technological University
21 Aug 2015, Fri 7:30pm - 9:00pm

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Andrea Naneti will propose a different understanding of the maritime ‘heritage’ in terms of skills and knowledge. In the case of Allan Sekula’s work, he will show how the scholar and the artist approach to maritime heritage is quite different. He will work mainly on the misunderstandings and ideological biases of Allan Sekula’s work, especially when he brings to focus the people and the skills that constitute the maritime labour and uses the concept of “decline” for many maritime roles in the age of container.

Andrea Nanetti is an Associate Professor at the School of Art, Design & Media at the Nanyang Technological University and Deputy-Director (International Relations) of the International Research Centre for Architectural Heritage Conservation at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is a historian with both academic and entrepreneurial experience in Heritage Science. His main interest is change and innovation in heritage interpretation processes. As a scholar he applies interdisciplinaryand transdisciplinary methods to the study of regional man-heritage-landscape systems, national art-heritage-politics relationships, and global histories of intercontinental heritage networks.

Exhibition de(Tour) led by Tim Bunnell, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore
4 Sep 2015, Fri 7:30pm - 9:00pm

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In this presentation, Tim Bunnell examines the ‘forgotten place’ of the Liverpool’s Malay Club and the historical social networks that it anchored. The Malay Club was established in 1963 hosting seafarers from Southeast Asia. Drawing upon material from a recently completed book manuscript, From World City to the World in One City: Liverpool through Malay Lives, Bunnell traces the Malay maritime geographies, over a period of more than half a century. It began in an era prior to the use of shipping containers, the new international division of labour and economic globalisation that formed the backdrop of Allan Sekula’s work.Tim Bunnell is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore. His research focuses on urban development in Southeast Asia and the region’s constitutive connections with other parts of the world. In his Malay Routes project, he has traced the life geographies of ex-seafaring men who arrived in Liverpool in the middle decades of the twentieth century. Tim Bunnell’s book, From World City to the World in One City: Liverpool through Malay Lives will be published by Wiley-Blackwell in early 2016.

International Symposium on the occasion of Allan Sekula: Fish Story, to be continued
26 Sep 2015, Sat 10:30am - 4:45pm

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On the occasion of Allan Sekula’s exhibition, Fish Story, to be continued, NTU CCA Singapore presents an international symposium that will mark a concluding point to the show and will highlight the continued relevance of Allan Sekula’s work and writings on the theme of globalisation and capitalism. The symposium will bring together art professionals who have collaborated with Allan Sekula across the years, as well as different researchers and artists who share a set of common interests with his work.The programme will focus on key themes underlying Allan Sekula’s practice including questions of critical realism in contemporary art, representation of labour as well as the vast topic of the sea.

The exhibition Fish Story, to be continued (3 July – 27 September 2015) brings together at NTU CCA Singapore core works of Allan Sekula’s research of the global maritime industry from the collections of Fond Regional d’art contemporain Bretagne, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York and Thyssen Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21), Vienna. Curated by Ute Meta Bauer and Anca Rujoiu (NTU CCA Singapore), the exhibition introduces chapters from Fish Story(1988 – 1993) alongside two filmic extensions of the project, Lottery of the Sea (2006) and The Forgotten Space (2010), co-directed with the film theorist and director Nöel Burch.

Participants include:  Hilde Van Gelder, Director, Lieven Gevaert Research Centre for Photography, Leuven; Carles Guerra, Director, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona; Roger Buergel, Director, Johann Jacobs Museum, Zurich; Mercedes Vicente, Curator and Writer, PhD Candidate, Royal College of Art, London; Chung Chee Kit, naval architect and former director, Keppel; Shabbir Hussain Mustafa, Curator, National Gallery Singapore; Charles Lim, Artist; Ute Meta Bauer, NTU CCA Singapore Founding Director and Anca Rujoiu, NTU CCA Singapore Curator, Exhibitions.

Part 1: Working with Allan Sekula | 10.30am – 2.30pm (with lunch break)
Speakers: Hilde van Gelder, Carles Guerra, Roger Buergel and Mercedes Vicente

Part 2: The Sea as Contested Territory | 2.30 – 3.45pm (with coffee break)
Speakers: Chung Chee Kit, Shabbir Hussain Mustafa and Charles Lim

Roundtable Discussions | 3.45 – 4.45pm
Moderated by Ute Meta Bauer and Anca Rujoiu

Coffee, lunch & refreshments will be provided by NTU CCA Singapore.