Phantoms and Aliens by Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani
Taking the lead from pervasive beliefs and superstitions in Southeast Asia about otherworldly beings, Phantoms and Aliens | The Invisible Other broadens the perception of phantom as invisible spirit to explore another subtler dimension of invisibility, that is, social invisibility originated in discrimination and alienation. Featuring works that span documentary photography and oral history, to painting, mixed-media and video installations, the overarching focus of the exhibition is to consider the invisible other in society: the people, or communities, that live on the margins because of ethnic, gender, religious or cultural differences. These individuals are but phantoms, alienated from the wider society—they are invisible, yet, they exist. By migrating from the inside out in an attempt to map alienation from multiple angles, Phantoms and Aliens | The Invisible Other unfolds as a trilogy across Richard Koh’s three galleries located in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. Taking the form of a chapter at each location, each exhibition exchanges knowledge in relation to specific concerns of life at the periphery.