Tarun (2020) was shot during an extended residency in my mother's birthplace - a Bidayǔh village in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. Moving through banana plantations, jungles and rivers, I narrate her migration story in broken, halting Bidayǔh, as a rumination on the awkwardness of returning. The work considers cultural heritage as a kind of haunting, and reflects on the intergenerational impacts of migration. Tarun creates a space where mine and my mother’s personal histories meet, and collide with the realities of modern Bidayǔh life.
Tarun was commissioned by Prototype, an e-newsletter of experimental video art & short film, curated by Lauren Carroll Harris. Watch the film and read Lauren's curatorial essay here.
This project was assisted by The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging
Artists. The program is administered by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).