Esplanade Presents

Visual Arts

This Is Where We’ll Part: The Perpetual Ending of an Immortal

Nhawfal Juma'at (Singapore)

24 May – 22 Sep 2024

All day

Esplanade Mall Level 3 Community Wall

Installation view of The Eternals I, II, III, IV, Nhawfal Juma’at, 2024.
Installation view of The Archives, Nhawfal Juma’at, 2024.
Installation view of The Ascension, Nhawfal Juma’at, 2024.
Installation view of The Elevation, Nhawfal Juma’at, 2024.
Detail of The Archives, Nhawfal Juma’at, 2024.

Rocks, naturally occurring objects that are ever-present but which often go unnoticed, are silent witnesses to the passing of time. Nhawfal Juma’at contemplates the paradox of immortality and the transient nature of existence through a study of rocks. To the artist, rocks are metaphors for the eternal. Yet beneath their immutable surface, they are evolving. This exhibition invites viewers to reflect on how these everyday objects capture human imagination and symbolically act as counterpoints to a world fixated on the idea of legacy.


Drawing upon his interests in metaphysics and the mysteries that lie beyond earthly existence, Nhawfal’s ruminations manifest in drawing, painting, sculpture and text. A sculptural installation of rock-like forms and renderings of floating rocks evoke a sense of being suspended in the infinite expanse of time and space. This exploration extends to an archival display featuring rocks and ceramics alongside the artist’s philosophical ponderings and sketches. This exhibition reflects on man’s unending quest for knowledge and understanding in the face of the fleeting beauty of life. 

Artist Information

Nhawfal Juma'at

The practice of Nhawfal Juma'at (b.1991, Singapore) responds to his surrounding environment and everyday experiences, spotlighting occurrences that are often overlooked. Employing abstraction comprising shapes, forms, colours and lines, his conceptually driven works are translated into mediums that span painting, drawings, prints, site-specific installations and text. His works have been presented in exhibitions such as Paper Trails Between Lion and Swan, Perth, Australia (2024), NOCTURNE: Conversations with Waterloo (2022) and Intersections, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay (2020). 

Date & Time

24 May – 22 Sep 2024

Esplanade Mall Level 3 Community Wall

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