‘If Not, Accelerate’ is a solo presentation by Kent Chan that examines the issues of migrant labour in Singapore through the matrix of the polis, the Greek word for city.
As the etymological root of the words ‘police’, ‘policy’ and ‘polity’, the polis is the default site of politics and its many entanglements. It provides the conceptual linkages needed to excavate the historic and contemporary links between Singapore and its large migrant labour population. In a city-state founded as a trading port but also serving the dual role of a penal colony, convicts were brought to build the very foundation of the city. Beyond their role in the ceaseless construction of the city, their status as indentured workers simultaneously defines the obverse to the constituted power of the land.
Through an assemblage of videos, writings and objects that problematize the representation of migrant labour, ‘If Not, Accelerate’ presents an attempt to unravel a city, its socio-economic politics, anxiety and trajectory.
Reception: 12 May 2016, 6-8pm
Venue: 6B Kim Tian Road, Singapore 169246
Gallery hours: Wed – Fri: 1pm – 7pm; Sat: 1pm – 6pm
When: 12 May - 11 Jun 2016,
By: Grey Projects