In March 2013, the Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre decided to revamp its Second Hall into a gallery and event space. With the Outer Hall saturated with artefacts and historical data, the Second Hall is future-focused towards the community's need for a multipurpose event and gallery space.
FORTH collaborated with a team of Indian Muslim youths Raja Mohamad, Basir Amir, Amir Tahir and Nisha Naseer, and Muhammad Raj Umar to conceptualise the gallery design, and is responsible for the academic research, curatorial development, and overseeing the design documentation and gallery construction.
Bridging the Outer Hall with the Inner Chamber, the Second Hall comprises a mural wall tracing the Indian Muslim diaspora; thematic information panels elaborating on religion, education and mercantilism; interspersed with a small community-managed coffee stand.
A topography of textured & tonal planes intentionally floating over each other denotes the regional presence of the Indian Muslim community in our digital age - materially derived from but in contrast to the Outer Hall's dark cabinets bearing historical heft.
Client Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre
Duration 10 months, Ongoing
Project Team - Raja Mohamad, Amir Azhar, Basir Amir, Nisha Naseer, Muhammad Raj Umar, Lim Chen Sian, Cheah Fang Leah
Research & Content Creators - Nisha Naseer, Muhammad Raj Umar and Lim Chen Sian
Interior & Joinery Design - Basir Amir, Cheah Fang Leah
Graphic Design - Cheah Fang Leah
Contractor & Fabrication - FirstSight P/L