the boy who walked backwards (2016)

 

Working on queer melancholia and poetic resistance, The Boy Who Walked Backwards is an installation using an analogy to relate back to queer melancholia. The analogy is that of a fictional community of people who can only walk backwards. Using that, the work is an installation comprising of three parts, one being a performance where the analogy is developed as a presentation, drawing parallels of the queer community in Singapore and that of this fictional community. The second is that of a video which is developed from an interview and answered through images whereas the last is that of a book. 

 

Credits:

Actor: Hazwan Norly

Special Thanks: Izzat Ibrahim, Rachel Poh 

articulating shame
articulating shame

A two channel video installation of an interview. Questions asked about a fictional minority is answered through poetic images.

Performing an analogy
Performing an analogy

Through performance, the work is a presentation of an 'academic' paper on walking backwards. Using science, anthropology and religion, the performance was a presentation on expanding notions of walking, queering the act of walking backwards.

Tracing Bugis
Tracing Bugis
The Boy Who Walked Backwards
The Boy Who Walked Backwards

An installation involving a backward moving clock and a watercolour children's book.

The Boy Who Walked Backwards
The Boy Who Walked Backwards

An installation involving a backward moving clock and a watercolour children's book.

Studies
Studies