Platform Projects Singapore showcases Basim Magdy’s film The Dent, in its Southeast Asian debut. Basim Magdy’s moving image work layers film footage and text to produce a surrealistic visual essay, balancing the bleakness of contemporary conditions with sensitive humour.
Shot between Paris, New York, Brussels, Quebec, Basel, Madeira, Prague and Venice among other locations, the scenes are lent an aura similar to that of early cinema by the familiar grain and saturated tones of 16mm film, a medium that the artist favours. Magdy’s film draws from life, capturing absurd details and everyday beauty, seeking the uncanny within manmade environments. Ambient sound and music combine with text authored by the artist, deliberately composed to create a hypnotic sensory experience, making implausible events seem briefly possible. The Dent was commissioned by the Abraaj Group Art Prize, 2014.
In collaboration with OH! Open House, the exhibition will also feature a number of works from private collections in order to create an experiential reading of some of the recurrent motifs and themes of Magdy's film.
Alluding to Roland Barthes, The Death of the Artist is a project that distends the relationship between artist and artwork. Structured after a game, it begins with one artwork as its centrepiece. Then it places a third party— a curator, artist, or collector—within a private collection, from which the interplay of signification, interpretation and mistranslation of the centrepiece is now entangled with other works of art.