PRIYAGEETHA DIA 


Priyageetha Dia ப்ரியகீதா டியா (Singapore, she/her) is a visual artist working at the intersections of moving image and installation. Her practice gestures visions of cultural memory and speculative narratives that interplay into the future past while navigating diasporic relations in Singapore and Southeast Asia.

Her works have been showcased in group exhibitions including ‘Attention Seeker’ (2022) at La Trobe Art Institute, Australia; ‘An Exercise of Meaning in a Glitch Season’ (2020) at the National Gallery Singapore; ‘2219: Futures Imagined’ (2019) at Art Science Museum Singapore; S.E.A Focus (2019) at Gillman Barracks, Singapore.

ப்ரியகீதா currently lives and works in Singapore.


UPCOMING 👁

21 May - 26 Jun 2022
Forget me, Forget me not
Yeo Workshop, Singapore
Curated by Anca Rujoiu

4 Apr - 31 Aug 2022
Artist in Residence (9th Cycle)
NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore

29 Mar - 3 Jul 2022
Attention Seeker
La Trobe Art Institute, Australia
Curated by Amita Kirpalani

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2021. RITE OF THE TIME TELLER 


Single-channel on screen, 16.9 format, colour and sound, 3 min 36 sec
Music Credits: Lux 1 (Original Mix) by Seefeel, Starethrough EP, Produced by Warp Records

As part of Between the Living and the Archive exhibition. Curated by Fajrina Razak and Syaheedah Iskandar.



.TXT ︎︎︎

Using a collection of imagery to formulate a digital archive for the future, Rite of the Time Teller is an introspection of gestures and practices passed down through ancestral, and everyday rituals within the Tamizh household. Existing between fiction and nonfiction, autobiography, documentary and documentation, subject and object, the moving image installation reimagines the repositories of connecting collective existence accumulated through Tamizh ancestral practices of knowing and being within Southeast Asia. To locate is to return; the living archive as an embodiment becomes a site of an imaginary continuum between the present and future, eventually shaping experiences, realities, and environments.

The central figure is symbolic of a contemporary, mythological presentation of celestial divinities found in Hindu mythology, demonstrating the uncanny contemplation of time through the imagery of the past, present, and the birth of the future cradled in an infant-like form. The tangibility in the ringing of the bell, the extension of the nails, and the gesture of the hands, mirror the fluidity of spatial temporality of the living archive on screen and in the physical installation.

Image credits: Ruey Loon