Here 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
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) –
VALIANT VEL THAT SET FREE IMPRISONED CELESTIAL BEINGS,
VEL OF THE SACRED HAND,
VEL THAT PLUNGED THE OCEANS DEEP,
VEL THAT PIERCED SURAN’S BREAST AND HILL,
THE SOLE REFUGE.
vinnohr siraimeetta theera vel
vaari kullittha vel
soor marpum kunrum thullaittha vel
விண்ணோர் சிறைமீட்ட தீர வேல்
வாரி குளித்த வேல்
சூர் மார்பும் குண்றும் துளைத்த வேல்
The mango was then offered to the image of Thalaivar Rajinikanth and a small portion was served to one member of the audience.