A short video of making Expensive Kebaya, a group show that I am part of (Of Wax, Dyes and Labour) in Malay Heritage Centre, also part of Singapore Art Week! (Exhibit runs till 9 Feb 2019).
Video: Darissa Lee (with clips of home from Super Bro)
“Performance for ‘Expensive Kebaya’ is an extension for the work ‘Expensive Kebaya’ by Almostasthma. The extension performance is to expand certain elements of ‘Expensive Kebaya’ that Almostasthma wanted to fulfill such as wearability of the Kebaya and the futility of prohibitions signs. Firstly, Almostasthma seeks to make the end artwork a product that was inherently functional and in terms of a garment, it had to be wearable. The performance artist Chand Chandramohan’s body functions as the model for the Kebaya. The prohibitions signs functions in Almostasthma’s work in terms of futility by the abounding graphic print that makes up the aesthetic of the Kebaya. The performance broadens that aspect by engaging in the conversation of navigating with these rules. The navigation is futile, but necessary in the performance of being a ‘dutiful’ citizen. With the last act of the performance, the action displays how quickly people can fail in duty, failing in this navigation and in turn be punished. Rules are executed because there is consequence.”
- Chand Chandramohan
Video: Darissa Lee