I want to remember
2011 | HD Video transferred to Blu-Ray Disc | 25:45 mins | Edition of 5 + 1 AP

artist statement
I want to remember | 莫失莫忘 |

Artist statement:
This film deals with the past and the memory of the past, the different versions of History and personal histories of individuals who were caught up and powerless to go against the tide of the times, resulting in a conflict between following one's heart and the ideologies of that period. It is partly inspired by real events and individuals whose lives changed as a consequence of the events that took place post 1965.

The work deals, amongst other issues, with the shared histories and familial ties between the 2 countries where, if one were to dig far enough, every Singaporean has a link to Malaysia.

A man in an interrogation room remembers his time with his lover when the two countries were one. When the countries separated in 1965, his lover ended their relationship to follow her family. He remembers his carefree past with laughter and tenderness, disappointments and sadness, but never with regret.

artist profile
Sherman is a filmmaker, photographer and visual artist. His practice has always centred on the human condition and our relationships with others within the larger milieu. Winner of the 2010 ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu Photography Award, Sherman has premiered works in Art Biennales, major Film Festivals and Museums around the world, including the Venice, Singapore and Jakarta Biennales, Mori Art Museum Tokyo, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin, Musee du Quai Branly Paris, Centre Pompidou Paris, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, Noorderlicht Photo Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, VideoBrasil International Electronic Art Festival, Singapore Art Museum, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Queensland Art Gallery, South Australia Contemporary Art Centre and Vilnius Contemporary Art Centre, Lithuania.

He is an Associate Artist of the Substation and a founding member of 13 Little Pictures, a film collective based in Singapore. He also serves as the Artistic Manager for the Singapore International Photography Festival, as an educator at schools and universities, and as a member of juries at various film festivals. In 2009, he was invited to participate in the Singapore Pavilion, Venice Biennale which garnered a Special Mention. His works are in the collections of the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Singapore Art Museum and the Seoul Art Centre Korea.