Apotheca – Sherman Ong: Nusantara

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“Making films is like a spiritual pilgrimage for me to understand myself, channelling the experiences of my forebears and connecting with the history of this region.”
– Sherman Ong


Suma Orientalis has demarcated a space for the showcase of thought-provoking art pieces, which are contextually rich hinging upon extensive research, or site-specifically created by artists who adopt unconventional methods of delivery. It was named Apotheca which literally means a storehouse in Latin, with the anticipation for the chemistry sparked by the philosophical discourse happening here.

Apotheca showcases two short films, ‘I Want to Remember’ and ‘The Warm Breeze of Winter’, from Sherman Ong’s Nusantara, which is the artist’s effort in exploring the history of Southeast Asia and the obscure backwash it has on the people. These short films were shown in Yinchuan Biennale 2016.

‘I Want to Remember’
A man in an interrogation room remembers his time with his lover when the two countries were one. When the countries separated in 1965, his lover ended their relationship to follow her family. He remembers his carefree past with laughter and tenderness, disappointments and sadness, but never with regret.

‘The Warm Breeze of Winter’
Fei visits her mother’s hometown with her ashes, amidst the
preparation to celebrate the remerger between Malaysia and Singapore.


Sherman Ong: Nusantara
25 Aug – 23 Sep 2018
11am – 7pm daily except Tuesdays

The artist is present on 25 Aug 2018 for:
3pm Screening
4pm Artist’s Talk
5pm Screening

Suma Orientalis
11, Lorong 11/4F,
Seksyen 11,
46200 Petaling Jaya,

All are Welcome!

For more information, please contact us at [email protected] or +603-7955 7111


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