Jason Lim: Under the shadow of the banyan tree

Jason Lim: Under the shadow of the banyan tree

Jason Lim: Under the shadow of the banyan tree

For the first time in Singapore, artist Jason Lim will perform Under the shadow of the banyan tree, an installation of unfired terracotta clay made over six days.

Lim first created Under the shadow of the banyan tree for the 2017 Jakarta Biennale, organised by Artistic Director Melati Suryodarmo. The performance involved making a site-specific, 1.9-metre high and 8-metre wide installation from 3000 kg of unfired terracotta clay. 

For the ICA Singapore’s Earl Lu Gallery, Lim will perform a new version of the work. Visitors are invited to watch Lim create the installation from inside or outside the gallery, through its glass façade. 

Jason Lim’s performances with immense volumes of clay have their genesis in Three tonnes of clay, made collaboratively with Ng Siew Kuan at The Substation in 1995. Lim first invoked the aerial roots of the banyan tree, a species of fig venerated and mythologised in the Asia–Pacific region, for his solo exhibition at Gajah Gallery, Singapore, in 2017.

Performance: 13 – 18 March 2018

Exhibition:  20 March – 12 April 2018

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