Timoribus by Melati Suryodarmo
ShanghART Singapore is pleased to present solo exhibition TIMORIBUS by renowned performance artist Melati Suryodarmo. An inaugural comprehensive exhibition in Singapore, it will showcase Melati’s multidisciplinary approach to art, consisting of a variety of works ranging from photography, videography, to what she is best known for – durational performance.
Timoribus is a Latin term meaning fear. In Melati's works, the body functions as a container of memories and emotions, while the feeling of fear she expresses is often deeply intertwined with human instinct, desire, and individual deliberation. Fear stems from the defence mechanisms of the body, as well as the sense of disillusionment with the pursuit of ultimate perfection and immortality. Through her highly physical and often humorously absurd performances, Melati probes to the relationship between the feeling of fear and everyday life, personal experience, political discourse and the mass media.
The title piece Timoribus is a video installation art work directed by the artist inspired by the recent state of affairs. By tracing back to the history of performance art and experimental video, this work examines the politicised characteristics of artists in Europe during the 1960s and 1970s.
Timoribus, Melati Suryodarmo, 2018. Image courtesy of ShanghART Singapore