Zarina Muhammad is a Singapore-based artist, educator and researcher whose practice is deeply entwined with a critical re-examination of oral histories, ethnographic literature and other historiographic accounts about Southeast Asia. Working at the intersections of performance, mixed media installation, text, ritual, sound and moving image, she is interested in the broader contexts of myth-making, haunted historiographies and role of the artist as “cultural ventriloquist” who lends multiple voices to spectral matters and speculative polyphonic histories. She is particularly interested in the imaginings and understandings pertaining to the land, seas and other elemental sites. She has been working on a long-term project on Southeast Asia’s provisional relationship to the otherworldly, ritual magic and the immaterial against the dynamics of global modernity and the social production of rationality. She is ever so amused when superficial readings of her work predictably and blandly assume all she does is “do black magic in exhibition spaces” and “open portals to invoke unholy evil spirits”.