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Detail, Still from Sea State: Drift (Rope Sketch 1); Still from Sea State: Drift (Rope Sketch 1); Charles Lim (b. 1973, Singapore); 2012; HD video, 5 min.; Courtesy of the artist

Lost World: Video Art by Charles Lim and Gideon Mendel

May 24–July 6, 2014
Sackler, International Gallery

Lost World features video works by Charles Lim and Gideon Mendel. Both artists examine the dramatic consequences of major shifts in the world’s primary natural resource—water. Lim has been exploring the transformation of maritime resources in his native Singapore through his ongoing Sea States project. Since 2007, Mendel has been visiting flooded communities throughout the world to create Drowning World, a series of powerful still and moving portraits of flood victims. Held in conjunction with Perspectives: Rina Banerjee.

For more information and related programming, visit asia.si.edu and the Smithsonian’s Waterways project.




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