Sun, Sweat, Skirt, Fan – Ho Rui An

When 8 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
Where Centre A
205-268 Keefer Street (2nd floor)
Vancouver V6A 1X6
Enquiry 604.683.8326

Opening Reception: September 7, 7-10pm
Tropicopolitan Objects (performance lecture): September 14, 6:30pm

Curated by Natalie Tan.

This exhibition takes place on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

Centre A is excited to present Sun, Sweat, Skirt, Fan, Singaporean artist Ho Rui An’s first solo exhibition in Canada. The exhibition features two works: Solar: A Meltdown (2014-) and Great Fans (Assortment) (2018). Solar: A Meltdown is a performance lecture that begins in Amsterdam’s Tropenmuseum, at the sweaty back of a wax figure of Dutch anthropologist Charles Le Roux, and from there navigates tropes of sweltering tropical heat and perspiration to examine the relationship between the Empire and the colonial subject. Drawing upon historical and fictional media, Ho looks at the establishment of an imperial global domestic—an all-encompassing, air-conditioned planetary interior—held together by the labour of those at the margins. Departing from the historical, Ho reflects upon an underclass of invisible workers in our current periphery, and the contemporary resonances of how colonial histories remain and inform how the world is structured. Great Fans (Assortment) is a new work that draws upon an inventory of what Ho describes as “tropicopolitan objects”. Centre A invites Ho and his work to Vancouver as a means to facilitate a broader consideration of the historical and ongoing impact of British colonialism on Asian bodies in both global and local contexts.

Sun, Sweat, Skirt, Fan will be accompanied by a performance lecture by the artist at Centre A titled Tropicopolitan Objects on September 14th at 6:30pm. Drawing upon Srinivas Aravamudan’s concept of the tropicopolitan, which reads the colonized subjects living in the tropics as both fleshy bodies in time and space and fictive tropes constructed by the colonial project, this lecture rewrites the history of European colonialism as an inventory of objects: from the instrument of “sun-writing” that is the heliograph to the all-encompassing skirt of a certain Anna Leonowens. RSVP is required, as space is limited.

Ho Rui An is an artist and writer working in the intersections of contemporary art, cinema, performance and theory. He writes, talks and thinks around images, with an interest in investigating their emergence, transmission and disappearance within contexts of globalism and governance. He has presented projects at the Gwangju Biennale (2018), Yinchuan Biennale (2018), Jakarta Biennale (2017), Sharjah Biennial 13 (2017), Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2014), Haus de Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2017), Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center, Manila (2017), NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (2017), NUS Museum, Singapore (2016), Para Site, Hong Kong (2015), Hessel Museum of Art and CCS Bard Galleries, Annandale-on-Hudson (2015) and Witte de With, Rotterdam (2014). He is a recipient of the 2018 DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm. He lives and works in Singapore and Berlin.

Sun, Sweat, Skirt, Fan is generously supported by Anndraya Luui and Denis Walz, and takes place in the Byron Aceman & Caron Bernstein New Media Gallery.

Image courtesy of the organizer(s).

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