Nicholas Tee

untitled [national day]

I draw blood from my arm and use it to paint the Singapore Flag. Filmed on 9 Aug – Singapore's National Day – I think about the messiness of democracy, the problematics of “national identity”, the performance of “patriotism” and the complexities of civil society. Against the backdrop of rising nationalism, I think about the many ways to be Singaporean and the many ways to use a flag.


Nicholas is a Singapore-based live artist who collages action, image, sound and material through body-based performance, pain and endurance; their work is often politically charged, angry and messy.

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