Lan Fang Chronicles 2012
A project by Choy Ka Fai
18 May- 2 June / Singapore Art Festival 2012/
Ying Foh Kuan / 9 Commonwealth Lane
The Lan Fang Chronicles is a project inspired by the histories and investigations of the 18th century Lan Fang Republic (1777-1884) founded by Hakka Chinese in West Borneo. The Republic lasted for 107 years before it disintegrated. Today it is nothing more than a fading legend for its living descendents. The project investigates the concept of ‘insignificant histories’, and its obscure parallels with the Singapore story.
Lan Fang Chronicles 2012 will present a perspective of the Republic’s existence through an installation performance surrounding a series of speculative artifacts, archival materials and audio-visual installation. While the installation performance traces the path the Republic takes, it also meanders into the future and a pseudo-mythical past to explore Lan Fang’s potential. Likewise, each narrative draws from fact and fiction, memories and forgeries, history and myth – all to reconstruct what is and ultimately, to tell the story of what was, and what could have been the Lan Fang Republic.