In Southeast Asia, the life of a Peranakan woman can be reduced to three rituals. Photographer, film director and visual artist Sherman Ong (49)'s three-channel video Girl, Wife, Widow (Dara, Bini, Mati Laki), depicts three representative rituals of the life of a Peranakan woman in society. The customs and rituals of these Peranakan communities can be traced back to the Malay/indigenous practices and beliefs of the region.
Born in Malacca, Malaysia and based in Singapore for many years, Ong said in an interview with Lianhe Zaobao, "Seeing my mum's dedication in taking care of my father for almost 30 years during his bout with Parkinson's Disease inspired me to think about what means to dedicate one's life to one person and the family. The film is like an unending cycle that we all go through."
Ong's solo exhibition comprises four works, and the exhibition is titled White Space, which is held at Lim Hak Tai Gallery at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. White Space is an experimental platform for artists.
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