President’s Young Talents Programme | Ku tahu asal usul mu. Yang laut balik ke laut. Yang darat balik ke darat: A Closing Performance by Zarina Muhammad

27 January 2019

SAM at 8Q Lobby and Level 1, Gallery 1.11

Singapore Art Museum
SAM at 8Q
8 Queen Street
Singapore 188535

Free admission.

5.00 pm – 6.00 pm


The President’s Young Talents is Singapore’s premier and only mentoring, commissioning, and award programme, which recognises promising artists aged 35 and below, whose practices chart new dimensions in Singapore contemporary art. This edition features artists Yanyun Chen, Weixin Quek Chong, Debbie Ding, Hilmi Johandi, and Zarina Muhammad. Read more here.

I know your origins
Let those from the sea return to the sea
Let those from the land return to the land

The final verse from Ulek Mayang, a song traditionally performed to appease the spirits of the sea marks the key reference point and final rite for this closing performance. Alongside invited guest artists and collaborators, experience Zarina Muhammad’s artwork, Pragmatic Prayers for the Kala at the Threshold in its final moments. The closing performance is a tribute to the points of forgetting between the pre-colonial and the post-colonial and an expression of gratitude to the cosmological worlds of our making – spaces and places which we respectively belong and ultimately return to.