Tropicopolitan Objects by Ho Rui An
VISUAL ARTS, PERFORMANCE
In Tropicopolitan Objects, the tropes of Empire melt away in the sweltering heat of the tropics. Drawing upon Srinivas Aravamudan’s concept of the “tropicopolitan”, which reads the colonised 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.
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 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.
Image credit: Eike Walkenhorst