Mark Thia, our artist-in-residence from 18 February to 20 March 2016, visited islands and read about ancient civilisations.
The work is a poetic response to texts about the ancient Yue. The Yue were coastal and southern indigenous peoples living in areas south of the Yangzi River in the first millennium BCE. They are believed to be related to Hong Kong's prehistoric inhabitants as well as to certain later Southeast Asian and Polynesian peoples. Radically different from the population of the Chinese-speaking world to the north, the Yue created a distinctive regional culture that contributed significantly to the development of early civilisations in China and Southeast Asia.
Mark Thia is an artist and performer from Singapore.
We sincerely thank Frances and Paul Giarratano for generously supporting this residency at Things that can happen.