2019 Singapore Art Book Fair

Dates: 28 – 30 June 2019
Venue: NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore
Opening times: 12pm to 8pm daily.

At the 2019 Singapore Art Book Fair, we exhibited Gerimis zines alongside international publishers to share and spread Orang Asli knowledge, art and culture to the people of Singapore and beyond. These zines are part of our ongoing archiving initiative, each exploring a section of Orang Asli arts and cultural traditions.

The zines are currently at the libraries of Persatuan Tiong Hua Johor Bahru and Singapore National Art Museum. Besides that, British Council (SG), Asiapac Publisher (SG), Difference Engine Publisher (SG), and The Book Society (Korea) showed interest in the zines. Overall, the zines were well-received by the crowd, publishers, students, researchers, and libraries.

1. Mad Weave

A journal that unmasks the craftswomen behind craftmaking, told through an anecdote of how the heart and soul are weaved into creations. Featuring Master Weaver Yau Niuk and her daughter, Nadiahwati Miah.

Illustrated by Sebastian Heng.
Written by Wendi Sia.

2. Ulap Nu Penglai Kampuk Sungai Jor Batu 19 (Bahasa Semai)

Translates to ‘Ulam dan Herba Kampung Sungai Jor Batu’. A zine that documents the types of herbs and its usage at Kampung Sungai Jor Batu 19, Tapah, Perak.

Documented by PKKOAP.
Design and Illustrations by Goni Room.
Written by Sarah Amer and Eijas Ariffin.

3. Cermor

This zine contains 4 illustrated cermor told by Puan Wah Ngah a/p Pandak from Kampung Sg. Peria, Sahom, Perak.

Cermor is an oral storytelling session among the Semai people of the Orang Asli community.

Documented by PKKOAP.
Illustrated by Yiow Shuey Myn and Sebastian Heng.
Translated by Wendi Sia.

4. Orang Asli Laut Seletar

A photobook by Seletar photographer Jefree Salim from Kampung Sungai Temon, Johor that captures the eeryday lives of the Seletar people who lives and work by and on the waters of the Straits of Johor.

Photography by Jefree Salim and the captions are written by Wendi Sia.

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