Having been unable to see TAN Pin Pin’s film To Singapore, With Love nor to screen it in the context of an exhibition outside of Singapore, anonymous written accounts were sought and collected from people who have. This was facilitated through a framework asking contributors for 70 minutes of their time (the duration of the film) to recount the film in a chronologically linear manner, and also to provide personal thoughts about it. Taken as labour performed, payment was offered in exchange for this text, reimbursing the ticket price that contributors had themselves paid to see the film. A double mirroring occurs, memories and the voices of both the exiles in the documentary film and its viewer are transmitted, filtered, into text and print, across the border of the presumably invalidated image.
In September 2014, the film was banned from public screening in Singapore (classified by the Media Development Authority as ‘Not Allowed for All Ratings’) on the grounds of “undermin[ing] national security because legitimate actions of the security agencies to protect the national security and stability of Singapore are presented in a distorted way as acts that victimised innocent individuals.”
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