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WHY DO WE LEAVE?


How do artists bear witness to changes and shifts in their homeland, and why do they leave? Join Senior Curator Shabbir Hussain Mustafa in tracing the journey of multimedia artist Jose Tence Ruiz from Manila, where he was involved in the Kaisahan Social Realist movement opposing the Marcos regime in the 1980s, to his life in Singapore as a political cartoonist.


Jose Tence Ruiz. The Pro-Rated Wage of the Abang Guard. 2011. Oil on Primed Linen. Collection of National Gallery Singapore.




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Jose Tence Ruiz is a multimedia artist and an alumnus of prestigious Ateneo de Manila and University of Santo Tomas, Manila. For over 40 years, Ruiz has been involved in various multimedia and visual practices such as paintings, sculpture, installation, performance as well as media presentations, book illustration, publication design or set design. The artist is also well known for his political cartoons which he submitted for the editorial pages of major newspapers across the Philippines and Singapore (The Manila Times, The Manila Chronicle, and Singapore Straits Times, among others).

In its formal aspects, Ruiz’s practice draws from different sources: Social Realism, botanical and industrial debris from both rural and urban environments of the Philippines as well as the Chaos Theory and the aesthetics of fractals - symmetrical geometric compositions, described by the study of mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot. Strangely poetic in its form, Ruiz’s work is strongly embedded in the political and social landscape of the Philippines.


Shabbir Hussain Mustafa is Senior Curator at the National Gallery Singapore and was formerly Curator (South-Southeast Asia) at the National University of Singapore Museum. In 2015, Mustafa curated SEA STATE featuring artist Charles Lim Yi Yong for the Singapore Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale. At the National Gallery Singapore, he heads the curatorial team overseeing Between Declarations and Dreams, a long-term exhibition that surveys art about the region from the nineteenth century to present. In 2017, Mustafa was awarded the DAAD Scholarship in Berlin for his curatorial work and is currently developing two multi-modal projects on the philosopher-curator Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy and artist-poet Latiff Mohidin.





ART IN SOUTHEAST ASIA : IN TRANSITION

Sat 6 Oct | 12.30pm – 6.30pm | Various locations | Free except for film screening | Registration required


Negotiating political and spiritual boundaries is part of everyday life for many in Southeast Asia. This day of programmes maps these complexities by connecting artists and filmmakers to researchers in fields from geography to anthropology.


Other programmes:

Public Forum | Where Do We Belong?: Film Panel on Death and Spirituality in Southeast Asia
3.45-5pm | The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium | Free | Registration Required


Dialogue | What Happens When We Disappear? Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai in Conversation with Dr Carl Grundy-Warr

5.30-6.30pm | The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium | Free | Registration Required


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