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Afterwords Exhibition

What happens to a piece of paper after it has outlived its purpose? What else does it want to say when there is no space left?

Chinese calligraphers of old were taught never to tear or misuse any piece of writing even after it has served its purpose. Instead, all pieces of writing were burnt in a little pagoda found in every district of the city. This burning was an act of respect for the written word.

Driven by this philosophy, calligrapher Malik Mazlan, and poet Dave Tai explore the longevity of the written word. How far can a piece of writing go if, instead of being destroyed, it is remade into a canvas, forming the foundation of a new work?

In Afterwords, Malik and Dave turn wastepaper from drafts, past projects, and personal items from their lives into new canvases. Haiku and calligraphy are inked onto them, creating a multi-layered commentary on the past, sustainability, and growth.

Accompanying events

Haiku session at SINGAPO人: Discovering Chinese Singaporean Culture

Accompanying this exhibition, Dave will be stationed at the SINGAPO人: Discovering Chinese Singaporean Culture located in SCCC, Level 2 to personalise haikus for visitors.

Time and date: 21 Nov 2020 (Saturday) from 3 pm to 6 pm

Location: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, Level 2 Permanent Exhibition

Afterwords with the Artists (Guided Tour* of Afterwords Exhibition by Malik Mazlan & Dave Tai)

Additionally, Malik & Dave will lend their expertise and perspectives with an exclusive guided tour. Group size of each tour is limited to no more than five (excluding guide), and visitors are required to check in at the Level 10 registration area. *Conducted in English.

Time and date: 30 Jan 2021 (Saturday) from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Location: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Level 10 Foyer

Event Date & Time

20201005 - 20210331

Time : 9am – 10pm


Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Far East Organization Auditorium Foyer, Level 9 and 10

Event Language

Texts in English and Chinese

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