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Split between two events and an exhibition – ‘Residencies Open’, ‘Exhibition (de)Tour: Flowers from our Bloodlines’ and ‘Ghosts and Spectres: Shadows of History’ respectively – three incredible creative endeavours mark an important milestone for the NTU CCA and Gillman Barracks.

‘Residencies Open’ offers a rare insight into the often-introverted sphere of the artist’s studio. Through showcasing discussions, performances, installations, and works-in-progress, Residencies Open profiles the diversity of contemporary art practice from around the globe and the divergent ways artists conceive an artwork with the studio as a constant space for experimentation and research.

‘Exhibition (de)Tours’ is a structured series of presentations conceived as opportunities to engage with practitioners from different fields and with different perspectives on the current exhibition. ‘Ghosts and Spectres: Shadows of History’ features video installations and films by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand), Ho Tzu Nyen (Singapore), Nguyen Trinh Thi (Vietnam) and Park Chan-kyong (South Korea). The artists’ research into their own cultural and historical backgrounds are contextualised through social and political reforms in post-war and Cold War Asia. The exhibition proposes a renewed understanding of the past to which informs the present through vignettes of collective memory and personal experiences.  

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