The national archives contain numerous documents related to public assemblies (strikes, sit-ins, student protests, demonstrations, etc.), and yet collective gatherings aimed at voicing dissent have disappeared from the streets of present day Singapore. How do today’s youth address social issues and global emergencies? Where do they voice concern and manifest disagreement? Focusing specifically on student bodies, Green Zeng plans to investigate the history of public expressions of dissent and assess their relevance for younger generations. His efforts will be first directed at creating an archive of public assemblies in Singapore. This will allow him to engage university students on a series of workshops and participatory platforms aimed at understanding the performative function inherent in such actions. Ultimately, he will devise strategies of (re)enactment to reflect on how public assemblies embody the often strained relations between power and the people and shape our understanding of democracy, freedom, and civil rights.
1 April - 29 September 2020
Focusing specifically on student bodies, Green Zeng plans to investigate the history of public expressions of dissent and assess their relevance for younger generations.
Artist · NTU CCA Singapore
COUNTRY OF PRACTICE: SIngapore
The works of filmmaker and artist Green Zeng (b. 1972, Singapore) scrutinise how history is written, interpreted, and disseminated. Focusing on issues such as student activism and the connection between archives, the state, and the individual, he reactivates fragments of the past and questions the artist‚ role in ‚ truth-telling. His films have been presented in international festivals including the 30th Venice International Film Critics‚ Week, Italy (2015) and Cannes Film Festival, France (2006) and his works have been included in group exhibitions at LASALLE‚ Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore (2018, 2017); and Para Site, Hong Kong (2015) amongst other venues. His most recent solo presentation is Returning Revisiting and Reconstructing, Foundation Cinema Oasis, Bangkok, Thailand (2019).
Arus Balik: From below the wind to above the wind and back again
22 Mar 2019 - 23 Jun 2019
09 Dec 2017 - 06 Mar 2018
Campur, Tolak, Kali, Bahagi, Sama Dengan (Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide, Equals) Solo Project by Roslisham Ismail aka Ise
16 Jan 2021 - 07 Mar 2021
Sim Chi Yin
26 Oct 2020 - 28 May 2021
01 Apr 2020 - 29 Sep 2020
06 Jul 2015 - 03 Aug 2015
Journey of a Yellow Man. Selected Materials from the Independent Archive
15 Sep 2018 - 25 Nov 2018
01 Apr 2019 - 27 Sep 2019
03 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
Ghosts and Spectres – Shadows of History
01 Sep 2017 - 19 Nov 2017