A Modest Affair: Fundraiser for the Independent Archive
18 January 2015
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The Independent Archive is an intimate nook that houses documentation on performance art and where performance artists and musicians play. The Archive is organising a small fundraiser to keep itself running. Thirteen artists have provided works that will be sold or auctioned. These artists include those well known in the art community, including Lee Wen, Jason Lim, Kai Lam, Ezzam Rahman, Jacquelyn Soo and Wu Junhan.
The Archive supports the work of artists, curators, gallerists, musicians, scholars and other creative entrepreneurs. It collects documentation and other materials on performance art and its artists in Singapore. These range from paper documents to photographs and videos, and have enabled the art community and its researchers to look back on the history of the art with a sense of empiricism. Australian curator Kyla McFarlane’s exhibition, “Notes on Performance”, at Objectifs in August and September last year was based in part on the materials in the archival collection.
In addition, the Archive hosts other events that develop critical discourse in local art. The last months of 2014 saw the Archive hosting meetings for the Zentai performers who most recently showed at The Substation, and organising talks featuring artists Loo Zihan and Shawn Chua. The talks were attended largely by members of the art community, who brought practice-informed critique to the discussions.
To continue contributing to the arts in Singapore, the Independent Archive will hold a modest sale and silent auction of artworks from 17-25 January 2015, with programmes on 17 and 18 January. With sufficient support, the fundraiser will alleviate the burden of pecuniary pressures.
18 Jan, 6.00-9.00pm: Music
Ribena of Lost Weekend
The Little Giant
Kai Lam & Arif Ayab