Potret Potret

Potret Potret by Nadiah Alsagoff
  • Indian Heritage Centre (IHC),
    Level 2 Activity Room – 5 Campbell Lane, Singapore 209924

    19 Jan
    6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Free Admission, Register here
    Walk-ins subjected to availability

  • Potret Potret is a commission for Chetti Melaka of the Straits. It serves to introduce past and present images of this unique community, pursuing the themes of hybridity and identity. Hand painted by Nadiah Alsagoff, Potret Potret is a moving effort juxtaposing members of Singapore’s Chetti Melaka community with their ancestors, seen side-by-side for the first time. Potret Potret also echoes the influence of Straits fashion among the Chetti Melaka, as seen in the use of batik fabrics. The subjects are uniquely Chetti Melaka, not falling into any one physical template. Nadiah subtly reveals the diverse influences in their making – Indian, Malay, and Chinese.

    Join artist Nadiah Alsagoff in a lecture-cum-workshop session to hear about her journey as an artist, and to learn her art of portraiture.

  • Nadiah Alsagoff

    Nadiah Alsagoff (b. 1991) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Singapore. She has graduated with a BA(Hons) Fine Art degree from LASALLE College of the Arts – Goldsmiths University of London. She is interested in the relationship between the body, the self and its position in the everyday world and with other beings. Having grown up in a culturally mixed background, namely Arab, Chinese and Sarawakian, she often finds herself in a space between cultures.

    Her work stems from her position in a culturally mixed setting and looks at themes of identity and existence, how people are born into a world of predetermined circumstance, and how identities are contextualised beings, tied to the world by their bodies.

    Formally trained as a painter, she also explores these themes through the use of the body in video and performance.