LASALLE College of the Arts invites you to take a trip back into the pre-islamic history, arts and culture of the Riau Archipelago with Singaporean artist Jailani Zai Kuning. Considered one of the country's pioneer experimental artists, Zai is best known for engaging in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary art forms and pushing the boundaries of contemporary art to the controversial. In addition to Singapore, his works have travelled to Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Bangladesh, Australia, Germany and the US.
In this FREE exhibition hosted by LASALLE, Zai draws on his years of researching the loves of the orang laut or sea gypsies in the Riau Archipelago and his 2003 short film entitled 'RIAU' screens in many international film festivals. Together with the staff and students of LASALLE, he transforms the Earl Lu Gallery into 'The Fleeting World of Dapunta Hyang', presenting a sculpture of a boat inspired by the first king of the Malay empire and the first maharaja of Srivijava as well as his video documentation of the disappearing art of Mak Yong opera. The exhibition which opens on 19 September and runs till 26 October 2014 also includes works by LASALLE students.