Para Site is excited to announce Another Word for Silence, an afternoon of talks and panel discussions in preparation for A Luxury We Cannot Afford, an exhibition opening at Para Site on September 18, 2015. The programme features art criticartist , playwright , poet and writer all members of the research committee for A Luxury We Cannot Afford. The silence referred to in the title is the illusion maintained by Singaporean mainstream society that ignores various pitches and frequencies outside of the official, Sino-centric and heterosexual noise.
For the first talk, The Myth of the Lazy Native, writer and Singapore Cultural Medallion winnerwill speak on the alternate historical narrative portrayed by the Malay Muslims in Singapore. will also expand on the works by sociologist (1927- 2007), such as The Myth of The Lazy Native (1977) and : Schemer or Reformer? (1972), which formed a critical precursor to own writing as well as to the field of post-colonial anti-imperialist literature.
In the second session, writer and gay rights activistwill explore a contradiction within the contemporary LGBT culture: that of being heard and being deliberately ignored. will look at the history of LGBT culture in Singapore from the 1960s to the present day. He will also expand on why the increasing democratization and growing awareness of LGBT culture in Singapore still does not translate to favourable political changes.
The day’s programme will end with a panel discussion with. Looking at the strategies and negotiations that occurred under the Singaporean government, this panel will speak of the struggles of contemporary art and sustaining a healthy art ecology within a heavily institutionalized environment.
2:30 – 3:15 pm: The Myth Of the Lazy Native,
3:15 – 4:00 pm: Background Vocals: Queerness and Singaporean Mainstream Culture,
4:00 – 5:30pm: Another Word for Silence Panel Discussion,Moderated by Curator of A Luxury We Cannot Afford.
The sessions will be conducted in English.