International Archives 1st half of 2015
NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore) presents Hugging the Shore, the first major solo exhibition in Southeast Asia of Simryn Gill (b. in Singapore, lives and works in Australia and Malaysia). Simryn Gill's artistic practice carries a sensitivity towards the everyday and unpacks the complexities of our world from various angles and subjectivities. Much of her work results from a process of sifting through and exploring her immediate surroundings in acts of collecting, writing, reading, archiving or photographing.
Exhibition 27 March -
May 2006 (2006) is an ambitious body of work consisting of 800 photographs that traces a one-
Simryn Gill's new work,
The metaphor of Hugging the Shore, a reference to John Updike's 1983 collection of essays and reviews, can be conceived as a way of seeing and approaching the world that traverses throughout Simryn Gill's large group of works. It is an act of stepping back, as a way to allow ourselves be absorbed into the overall picture.
Simryn Gill, photograph from Standing Still, 2000–03. Courtesy of the artist.
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The exhibition brings together a series of large body of works that reveal the artist's specific attitude towards ways of seeing and understanding the world around us. The photograph series are all the result of a durational process, of hours of looking, wandering and collecting translated into hundreds and hundreds of photographs.
Standing Still (2000–03) captures a large number of ambitious building projects across Malaysia abandoned before completion in the wake of the Asian financial crisis in the late 1990s instigating a reflection on modern ruins and historical layers that define our landscape.
The photograph series Dalam (2001) comprises 260 photographs of living rooms taken across West Malaysia over a three-