We Docked by the Magenta Line / Kami Berlabuh ke Garis Magenta durational installation with items, objects acquired and collected detritus from vicinity of Kampong Glam, with assistance from Azri Azman, Dhiya Muhammad, shif, Hazri, Spegepeng, Khairy and cenderawa$ey, 2019 - 2020
The exercise references Kampong Gelam’s history through a 19th century piece of Malay literature entitled Sya’ir Kampung Gelam Terbakar, written by Abdullah bin Abdul Kadir (also known as Munshi Abdullah). In doing so, the work shifts the axis of Kampong Gelam’s importance away from the larger colonial imagination to that of local public memory instead - specifically, of a great fire that ravaged the district in 1847.
The work, monument-like, is a deliberation, a site of commemoration and the display of both the loss incurred by the fire, but also the seeming loss of this history, now buried under the sediment of the district’s transformation in recent years.
The vitrine will see changes in March and
its last iteration in April 2020.