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‘An Invocation to the Earth,’ 2020 Yeo Siew Hua

Deep in the tropical rainforest of Southeast Asia, a series of incantations invoke the spirits of yore, including those of the nimble, tricksy Kancil (mouse-deer) and the ferocious Buaya (crocodile). The ancient animals enact their folkloric vendetta in a furious dance of dominance, yet long-overdue vengeance is shrouded in smoke. Meanwhile, an effigy of a tree is burning, summoning a whole other host of spectres and ancestors. Conceived during the month of the Hungry Ghost Festival in 2019, while large-scale fires were consuming the forests of Indonesia, Yeo Siew Hua’s An Invocation to the Earth confronts climate collapse through the lens of pre-colonial folktales and animistic rituals. Through spoken spells and bodily entanglements, the video conjures up the fallen environmental defenders of a region ridden with ecological threats in the hope that their spirits will be reborn once again.

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Topic:
Staging Resistances. Politics of Speech and Silence
Artist:
Yeo Siew Hua
Produced by:
NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore
Curated by:
Dan Koh
Date:
28/09 2020
Season:
01
Episode:
01
Type:
Artwork
SDGs
  • Climate action
  • Life on land
  • Peace, justice and strong institutions