A compelling study of art in Singapore since the 19th century.
Accounts of Singapore’s art history tend to start with the early 20thcentury which witnessed the development of infrastructure of modernity in art: art associations, art schools and exhibitions. The curatorial narrative for Siapa Nama Kamu? expands the conventional scope by looking further back in time and at a wider range of sources of visual representation. The title of the exhibition, Siapa nama kamu? (or “What is your name?” in Malay), taken from Chua Mia Tee’s National Language Class (1959), operates as a question and an invitation to visitors to consider how art may relate to issues of self and community, and what is the relationship of art to a nation like Singapore.
This catalogue traces the history of art in Singapore through essays that examine the exhibition in relation to the geographical confines of Singapore, the parameters of national identity and the margins of time. Like the exhibition, this catalogue will raise as many questions as it will answer, as it seeks to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of art in Singapore.
29 x 25 x 3.5 cm 310 pages 275 colour and 38 b/w illustrations ISBN: 978-981-09-7352-0 Published 2015