The Vanishing Race: Apache on a Rampage

A solo exhibition by

Zulkiflie Mahmod


Thursday 14th August at 6:30pm
The exhibition continues until the 28th August 2003

‘The Art Gallery’
NTU-National Institute of Education
1 Nanyang Walk Singapore
enquiries: tel 6790 3557 email:

Gallery hours Mon-Fri 10:00-5:00, Sat 10:00-1:00, Closed on Sun & Public Holidays.
[MRT to Boon Lay then bus 199 or 179 to NIE, gallery located in central courtyard]

There will be a free bus leaving at 5:40pm from Stamford Road opposite Raffles City that will take people directly to the opening, and return to Raffles City at 8:30pm from NIE.

media release

Birds- Art migration, feature in the show ‘The Vanishing Race: Apache on a

A Migratory process, artwork traveling from one destination to another
“leaving an area of domination just like how the birds migrate from one
place to another” –travel, location, differing viewpoints - the complexity
and power of transition.

Emerging Singapore artist, Zulkiflie Mahmod, will re-showcase work from a
recent exhibition at the Substation gallery, a re-citing in a new space -  
‘The Art Gallery’ NIE, NTU Campus.

‘The Vanishing Race: Apache on a Rampage’, an exhibition of works on paper
and sculpture, developed over the past two year by the artist, will be on
display from August 14th to August 27th 2003.

While the works are certainly the result of new thinking, new ideas by the
artist, there is evidence that they stem also from the artists’ four-month
residency at the Ona Arts Centre in Norway in 2001.

Ona, a small island in the Norwegian seas and the land of the midnight sun,
they are home to the consistent sound of birds and a red lighthouse, Ona’s
trademark for both the locals and tourists… this was the location for a half
year residency the artist undertook…

Zulkiflie describes the experience as a “sense of mysticism… at a certain
place and moment, I felt that I had been there before. It is déjà vu.”

Through an array of portraits on paper hung around the gallery walls with a
single light bulb overhanging and centering an imprinted aura of light over
the portrait image. The bird like sculptural forms hang in the centre of the
gallery, subtly positioned in a idyllic yet stagnate flight, acting as an
installation site come gathering for Zulkiflie as he attempt to understand
and share his journey to this island, enticing the viewer into his private
world of dreams, anxieties and disappointments.

Since graduating from LaSalleSIA College of the Arts six years ago, the
artist has been actively exhibiting locally and regionally, Thailand,
Indonesia and Malaysia in spaces such as Sculpture Sq, Substation, PKW,
Project 304, Petronas, and the Alliance Francaise Galleries.

Zulkiflie has participated in Singapore Nokia Art, PKW Worm Festivals,
Singapore International Exhibitions of Fine Jewellery, Timepieces, Fine Arts
and Antiques and completed 5 major commission pieces for the Westin Stamford
& Westin Plaza public art collection.

For interviews, information or images, contact:

ART PROFILERS: Karee Dahl, tel: 96181642/62991764

The artist: Zulkiflie Mahmod tel: 9027 8444

NIE ‘ The Art Gallery’: Serene/Suharti, tel: 6790 3557


The artist will be available for interviews and will attend the exhibition
opening at 6:30pm