– Food systems
– Policies and politics related to food
– Food sovereignty
– Agricultural solidarity
– Comparative methodologies
As a co-founder of the interdisciplinary study group Bakudapan, Nurvista is immersed in a long-term research that revolves around the material, cultural, and socio-political implications of food from production to distribution, from consumption to disposal. For this project, the artist aims to undertake a critical mapping of food systems in Singapore and Southeast Asia excavating agricultural production systems, trade routes and agreements, environmental factors, food security policies, food technologies, and consumption habits. By looking at the history and politics that regulate food exchanges between Singapore and Indonesia, the project will unfold within a comparative framework exploring a variety of issues in the two neighbouring countries which—in spite of their radically different scales, developmental emphasis, and levels of wealth distribution—are nonetheless related by multiple cultural kinships. Research Liaison: Yom Bo Sung Yom Bo Sung is an artist and arts worker who recently graduated from Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. His practice is invested in food as a material and as an art object, and explores the socio-political implications of food systems.
The residency of Elia Nurvista was scheduled for October – December 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak rendered international travel impossible. In order to continue to support artistic research and foster collaborations beyond borders, the NTU CCA Residencies Programme initiated Residencies Rewired, a project that trailblazes new pathways to collaboration.