Curated by Post-Museum and part of their "Survey: Space, Sharing, Haunting" series at the Substation, this lecture-performance by ila, Wardah Mohamad and Zarina Muhammad revisit regional mythologies, ethnographies and historiographies in an attempt to peer into and form an inventory of its blind spots. The blind spots of subject positions, the blind spots of texts, of authorship, of history, of the gazes that make up history. The blind spots of exoticisation, fetishisation, romanticising, eroticising the other, the past, the unknown. The blind spots of cultural translations and archetypal representations of duality, gender, the chthonic, the animist, the abject, the body in pain and when shamed, desired, feared, revered and cursed.
ila is a visual performance artist in practice and works primarily with overhead projectors and analogue elements to create organic narratives within performative structures. Wardah Mohamad graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Illustration, 2011 and is currently pursuing her degree in Malay Language and Literature, conducting research on the history of Singapore Malay Theatre for the National Library Board. Zarina Muhammad is an independent researcher, curator and educator, lecturing on art history and cultural/contextual studies at Lasalle College of the Arts.