Naima Morelli

February, 2023 Monthly archive

I have written a new article on Ming Wong’s project Wayang Spaceship at the Singapore Art Museum for the Singapore Art week Plural Art Magazine.

The work blends traditional performances and science fiction, associating found photographs of Wayang actors from Singapore and Malaysia from the 1950s-70s to illustrations of Soviet space exploration and science fiction from the same period. Wong also added layers of Chinese brush paintings and dichroic film that change colour at different angles.

Here is the link to the piece

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I have written the curatorial text for Kazakhstan-born, Singaporean artist Inessa Kalabekova, who has an upcoming show at the East Garden Gallery, of the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore, from March 1 to March 30, 2023.

I have visited the artist’s studio during my last trip to Singapore, and learned about her art practice that fuses collage and painting. Her new show is called “The Nature of Art”, and here the artist looks at nature through the eyes of mythology and poetry.

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punk orientalism

It is fascinating when worlds that seem to be light-years away from each other suddenly come together, materializing unexpected commonalities. Take the term “Orientalism,” a concept established by Palestinian-American author Edward Said to describe the West’s commonly contemptuous portrayal of the East. Would you ever associate it with punk counterculture?

Probably not, but that’s what curator, writer and academic Sara Raza did with her new book, titled “Punk Orientalism: The Art of Rebellion.” The book explores the spaces and places associated with the former Soviet Union, focusing on the artists and ideas hailing from Central Asia and the Caucasus, which were long perceived as an extension, or “client” states, of the USSR.

Al-Monitor has just published my interview with Sara Raza

Here is the link to the article

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My interview with Vietnamese artist Trần Trọng Vũ has just been published on ArtAsiaPacific’s website.

I met the artist for his big show at A2Z gallery in Paris last October, and we did the interview half in French, half in English! Phew! It was fun, and the artist was extremely generous and kind – his work, ça va sans dire, is incredible!

Some of you know that my next cohesive research will be in Vietnam. I will spend one month there, most likely next year, so this interview adds a big piece to my understanding of art coming from the country!

Here is the link to the interview

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