Wishful Images Exhibition Curated by Fang Tze Hsu: National University of Singapore Museum

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    Abstract

    The exhibition positions art and the moving image as sites of historical inquiry. The featured works disrupt the legitimacy assigned to well-known historical events, and consequently encourage reflection on the importance of personal historical memories in the formation of historical narratives.
    the upcoming exhibit positions art and the moving image as sites of historical inquiry. The featured works disrupt the legitimacy assigned to well-known historical events, and consequently encourage reflection on the importance of personal historical memories in the formation of historical narratives.
    "This process has forced me to think about how visual artworks position the human being in a network of material conditions. Taking Lucy Davis as an example, her work touches upon the teak trading history in Singapore vis-à-vis our national history. One of the historical objects she presents is two sets of Malay timber samples; it was first studied and compiled by the British government in the 18th century. They surveyed the natural resources we have in Singapore, and by labelling this wood sample, they named and categorised it. In so doing, nature as a common good was rendered into a consumable object and therefore was able to circulate within the capitalist system for the good of its colonial masters.

    The same happens to human beings. We are defined by pre-existing forms of knowledge and those labels let us be recognised by the existing system of neo-liberal governance. "

    Lucy Davis components:
    3 150cmx 240cm wood print collage works
    2 70 x 50 cm woodpring collage works

    Colonial era wood samples with Malay names

    23 minute hand animated film: Jalan Jati (Teak Road)

    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationSingapore
    PublisherNational University of Singapore Museum
    Media of outputFilm
    Size23 min
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2020
    MoE publication typeF2 Partial implementation of a work of art or performance
    EventWishful Images: When Microhistories Take Form - National University of Singapore Museum, Singapore, Singapore
    Duration: 22 Sept 202125 Dec 2021
    https://museum.nus.edu.sg/whats-on/exhibition-wishful-images-when-microhistories-take-form/

    Field of art

    • Contemporary art
    • Film

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