Anthony Chin & Green Zeng
4 August – 9 September 2018
I_S_L_A_N_D_S is delighted to bring together the work of Anthony Chin and Green Zeng for a joint presentation, Borderlines. This exhibition features blueprints, renderings, material mock ups, and archival materials collated by both artists, setting up interstitial encounters with Singapore’s untold historiography, straight out of Coleman Street and the neighbouring National Archives.
Anthony Chin’s work addresses the history of the Civic District, delving into the seminal figure of George Drumgoole Coleman, an architect who played an instrumental role in the urban layout and civil infrastructure in colonial Singapore. Proposing a series of public sculptures based on calculations from early town plans and road mapping, he presents abstract renderings of social equity and urban density, and subsequently considers their ramifications for our current times.
Comprising of archival news articles that form the basis of research for his ‘Television Confessions’ series, Green Zeng deliberately obfuscates text from the viewer, leaving behind only headlines and advertising columns. Much like the lapses in information and restricted documents one might come across while accessing State archives and library collections, the work investigates the connection between the State and the individual. How is history truly written, perceived, and disseminated?