Referencing the pucuk rebung (bamboo shoot) motif, this installation is a development and extension of Fajrina Razak’s previous artworks, specifically after life, reverse rituals (2021) and Verses of Form (2020). Her interest in the pucuk rebung motif began in 2017 during her research into spirituality, cultural identities and native ancestral knowledge. The pucuk rebung is comparable to the gunungan motif and is also said to symbolize the sacred mountains in the Nusantara with its triangular shape. Fajrina has been working with text in her artmaking practice since 2010, and has included her personal writings and reflections in her batik works in recent years, juxtaposed against the pucuk rebung motif.
Fajrina worked with youth to write pantun, 4-line poems reflecting their thoughts and speculations of a post-pandemic future, reminiscent of a past prior to the onset of Covid-19. These members of the youth community were also invited to co-create parts of the installation using batik techniques.
Venue: Esplanade Courtyard
When: 10 - 13 Jun 2021,