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Artist Talk: Erzan Adam on intersections between art, culture and spirituality

Artist Talk: Erzan Adam on intersections between art, culture and spirituality

About the Session

Join Erzan Adam as he reflects and shares insights from his residency project, the risalah — prompted by his conversations and encounters with the invisible communities of Kampong Gelam. In his practice, he draws connections between art and various aspects of his cultural, spiritual and human identity.

The risalah (رسالة , meaning "message" in Arabic) serves as a pamphlet to document and compile the artist’s sketches and personal reflections, highlighting stories gleaned from his conversations with the isolated and marginalised, who go around unnoticed in Kampong Gelam.

Referencing the Khutbah (Friday sermons), the artist distributed the risalah on the streets of Kampong Gelam, acting in solidarity with the community who makes a living by selling attars or objects on the streets, and inviting readers to reflect on how we can draw nearer to one another as a broader community.

This programme is presented as part of the OH! Associate Artist Programme 2022/23 cycle’s closing showcase, a site-specific artist residency that supports the research and development of new bodies of works and neighbourhood immersions.

About the Author

Erzan Adam (b.1976, Singapore) is an artist and arts educator at LASALLE College of the Arts (Fine Arts). As an artist, he is interested in defining the self in the context of abstraction.


Date: 7 October 2023, Saturday
Time: 7:45pm - 8:45pm Singapore
Venue: Reading Loft (Level 2, stairs only) Wardah Books, 58 Bussorah Street S(199474)

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