Panorama – recent art from contemporary Asia (3/4)

We move back up to level 2 from my previous post on Panorama and after passing by the two exotic Bajajs, what comes to our view on the left wall is this abstract painting by Milenko Prvacki:

Acclaimed Yugoslavian artist Milenko Prvacki relocated to Singapore in mid-1990s to assume the position of Dean of Faculty of Fine Arts at LASALLE College of the Arts Singapore, where he is a Senior Fellow now.

Would anyone want to venture a guess what are these in this painting by him and entitled No. 1?

This is part of his Trophy series of paintings that had seemingly started when he was in art school some four decades ago. In Yugoslavia, where he was born and raised, animals hunted down in the wild are regarded as trophies to hunters. Perhaps this is why the animals in his early series of Trophy paintings are dead animals.

However, the wild animal depicted in this Trophy painting done in 2009 is not dead. Perhaps today’s meaning of a trophy is no longer about victory but about the desire for materialism and fame. Now can you guess what animal is it? There is also the Asian lotus on the left of the painting, what do you think it means?

The painting is named No. 1 to label it as the first Trophy painting since he resumed the series after a long interval of about 15 years.

Heading further into the gallery, we will arrive at a Reference Corner. If you would like to read up a bit more on the artists and their artworks of Panorama, the resources here should be quite useful and informative.

Behind the wall at the Reference Corner is a video cum installation work by Indian activist artist Nalini Malani. The work, named Hamletmachine, consists of a three-panel projection with a bed of salt in front of the screen, it talks about the Hindu-Muslim conflict in India and Pakistan as well as the rise of fundamentalism in India. The work has never been shown in India because of its sensitive nature.

Hamletmachine

The bed of salt is reminiscent of the Salt March led by world renowned civil activist Gandhi in the 1930s in India, to peacefully protest against the British Salt Tax.

Do note that there are rapid flashings of lights in the darkened room of Hamletmachine and the screening contains scenes of nudity and sexual contents.

In the next post on Panorama, we will go upstairs to level 3 before wrapping up. Stay around!

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