No Empire Lasts Forever : Norberto Roldan

No Empire Lasts Forever, a solo exhibition by Norberto Roldan at Taksu Singapore includes Norberto Roldan’s older installation pieces and paintings: Around the World (2000)Mother of Perpetual Colony (2003), White Love (2003)The War Speech (2006) and Norden Bombsight (2006). On top of that, he will also be showing a painting from his most recent oil and acrylic painting from NO EMPIRE LASTS FOREVER series.
This suite of paintings by Filipino artist Norberto Roldan in "No Empire Lasts Forever"  is no different from his past assemblages in terms of his given predisposition to using found objects. They are composed of found images and found texts. Apart from these paintings being a juxtaposition of image and text, they are also juxtapositions and studies of binaries between past and present, East and West, colonizer and colonized, civilized and primitive, truth and lies, love and hate, war and peace.
The texts were culled from different sources, the most recent excerpt was written almost 40 years ago. Images were grabbed from various on-line archives with the most recent photo dated 10 years ago. These works are neither documentaries nor a historiography and so there’s no compelling reason to connect image with text. No Empire Lasts Forever is a reflection on society and how through the years people grapple with social, political and cultural changes. Such reflection is provoked by a realization that colonial occupations in general are regarded as philanthropic acts meant to uplift subject populations. That may be the most obvious irony. But the strangest irony is that no colonizer could possibly rule without the consent and collaboration of the colonized.
NORBERTO ROLDAN (b. 1953, The Philippines) was represented in two landmark surveys of Southeast Asian contemporary art: New Art from Southeast Asia 1992 by the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, and most recently Negotiating Home History and Nation: Two Decades of Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia 1991-2011 by the Singapore Art Museum. He is currently artistic director of Green Papaya Art Projects based in Manila, a multidiscplinary platform founded in 2000, while practicing as a multi-media artist.

12/01/2024 - 10:00am to 01/03/2023 - 6:00pm