Home as Expanded Field

johntran-870x580Here is The Japan Times Listing for ‘Home in the Expanded Field’, Courtyard Hiroo, Tokyo, May 20018. This is a “group exhibition, with work by artists from Japan, Britain and Malaysia, ‘home’ is explored as an unstable or elusive concept. The connotations of security, belonging or familiarity, are taken to task by Hana Sakuma, John L Tran, Rie Iwatake & Jun’ya Kataoka, Freyja Dean, Richard Paul, Junko Otake and Niranjan Rajah, who reconsider what constitutes home either by drawing from their own experience of displacement, or making the home environment strange and extraordinary”. I am delighted to be a part of this show with John Tran, with whom I initially engaged in an exchange in the Japan Times. I wrote a ‘clarification‘ on his insightful article on the Singapore Biennale 2016. Thanks John for making this possible!

Image: Our Once Beautiful Features’ by John L. Tran
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/events/2018/04/24/art-guide/mixed-media-art-guide/home-expanded-field/#.Wt-VhsgvyUn

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2017/02/10/reader-mail/clarification-singapore-biennale/#.Wt-gU8gvyUk

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2017/01/28/arts/singapore-biennale-takes-good-hard-look-mirror/#.Wt-gnMgvyUk

Mango Performance

At the heart of the Koboi Performances at Singapore Biennale 2016,  was the offering of a mango to Lords Murugan and Ganesha while reciting a prayer addressed metonymically to Lord Murugan’s Vel (spear) –

HEROIC  VEL,
RADIANT VEL,
VALIANT VEL THAT SET FREE IMPRISONED CELESTIAL BEINGS,
VIRTUOUS VEL,
VEL OF THE SACRED HAND,
VEL THAT PLUNGED THE OCEANS DEEP,
REGAL VEL,
VEL THAT PIERCED SURAN’S BREAST AND HILL,
THE SOLE REFUGE.

veera vel
thaarai vel
vinnohr siraimeetta theera vel
sev vel
thirukkai vel
vaari kullittha vel
kottravel
soor marpum kunrum thullaittha vel
onreh thunai

வீர   வேல்
தாரை   வேல்
விண்ணோர்   சிறைமீட்ட   தீர   வேல்
செவ்   வேல்
திருக்கை  வேல்
வாரி குளித்த  வேல்
கொற்ரவேல்
சூர்   மார்பும்   குண்றும்   துளைத்த  வேல்
ஒன்றே  துணை

The mango was then offered to the image of Thalaivar Rajinikanth and a small portion was served to one member of the audience.