Farizi Noorfauzi at Undescribed #3

One-Corner questions the structuralist approach of cultural stereotypes in constructing meaning about people. Specifically, it is my satirical response to the historical colloquial stereotype of “lepak one corner” – an assumption of the Malay community as idle and lazy – through the repeated action of me sitting in different corners around my residential area.

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No-Corner (2017, Photographic series). Pasted within a defunct residential area, the stickers (of me sitting in different positions suggesting the “lepak one corner” stereotype) are meant to disappear along with the expired space.

Dear M. (2018, Video sculpture, installed at DECK for Undescribed #3) explores my experience of uncertainty in confrontation with my religious identity. The performatory interaction between myself and the door is a manifestation of the emotional and physical boundary resulting from that experience. Through the use of televisions, the work attempts to capture the fragmented and disorienting experience of reconciling with one’s religion.

Let’s Swim (2018, Video installation, 11’12”, installed at DECK for Undescribed #3) explores water as a motif in different dominant religions in Singapore. Through the act of wearing different coloured clothings representative of these religions, and submerging them in the ocean, I attempt to investigate the possibility of unifying such fundamentally different religions, and overcoming the polarised nature of religion through the idea of water as a commonality.

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Baju Kurung, Sangkar Burung (Baju Kurung, Caged Bird) (2017, Installation). The garment’s form and function explores how the baju kurung, as a symbolic clothing of the Malay culture, restricts one’s freedom as an individual.

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Self-Haircut (2017, Live video performance). In the performance, the act of shaving my own head parallels how pilgrims in Mecca shave their heads to mark the finality of their pilgrimage. The private performance was done in a booth, which was made accessible to the audience through the live feed video. This was a good illustration of my practice; I am always making my personal cultural experiences accessible to the public through my artworks. The video is meant to be a revisitable archival of the performance.

Currently showing at Undescribed #3 is Farizi Noorfauzi, a recent School of The Arts, Singapore (SOTA) graduate and a multi-disciplinary artist working predominantly with media and performance art. “I’m interested in investigating the relevance of culture, specifically within the unique socio-cultural context of Singapore as an intersection of diasporic cultures. Taking the traditions of my Malay-Islamic culture as a point of departure, I examine cultural traditions and rituals through performances, which are made accessible through videos. In doing so, I investigate new cultural states of living and ways to move on.”

Undescribed #3 runs until 31 March at DECK. Check it out!

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