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The Sufi and the Bearded Man: Re-membering a Keramat in Contemporary Singapore Art | Singapore

http://events.insing.com/event/the-sufi-and-the-bearded-man-re-membering-a-keramat-in-contemporary-singapore-/id-7b4b0000

1st April, 2011 - 12th April, 2012

This exhibition re-members the keramat of a 19th century Sufi traveler from the Middle East who lives on in contemporary Singapore through her miracles and her shrine which was recently removed. Re-membering the keramat has involved a two-year long project of collaborating with Ali, an intermediary of the Sufi and custodian of the masoleum referred to by fellow devotees as "the bearded man". These conversations culminated in the keramat and its life-worlds entering a museum, a transition animated by the display of photographic evidence, material remains or artefacts, anecdotal histories and related documents. Considering alternative ways to recount and understand heritage, The Sufi and the Bearded Man, calls attention to devotional culture, lesser-heard narratives and esotericism in Singapore.

— submitted by Vijay Sharma, 2 years ago

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