Loo Zihan (Singapore)


An intimate conversation with the exhumed remains of queer performances, the artist unpacks his practice of archiving to negotiate disparate moments of loss, sadness and shame and the effects of surviving memories that build queer relations.

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Loo Zihan’s participation in FIELD MEETING was supported by Asia Society.

Loo Zihan, I AM LGB, 2016. Performance documentation FIELD MEETING: Thinking Practice, November 12th at Asia Society. Photo: Renata Carciofolo.


Loo Zihan is a performance and moving-image artist whose performance re-enactments, essay-films and data visualization work emphasize the malleability of memory. Open about both his own homosexuality and depicting gay themes in his films, despite the subject being particularly taboo in Southeast Asian society, Zihan is interested in the transference and transmutation of shame in his work. His performances have been presented at various events, including the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival in 2012 and in 2015. His moving-image works have been screened at various international film festivals, such as the AFI Fest in Los Angeles and the Pusan International Film Festival in South Korea. Zihan was awarded the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council of Singapore in 2015.

Loo Zihan, Cane, 2012. Live performance, documentation at the Substation Theatre, Singapore. Courtesy of artist and Samantha Tio.

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