Online Exhibition--Being and Becoming: Of Femininities in the Malay World Through 50 Images

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Event
Date: 
May 12, 2022 to August 31, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Southeast Asian History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies

 

We are pleased to announce the launch of an online exhibition – Being and Becoming: Of Femininities in the Malay World Through 50 Images (https://www.beingandbecomingmalayworld.com/). This exhibition is part of a research project, Being and Becoming Female in the Malay World: Interrogating and Curating the Photo-Archives of Early Singapore, supported by the National Heritage Board. The project is led by Associate Professor Dr. Maznah Mohamad of the Department of Malay Studies, NUS and the team consists of Dr. Suriani Suratman, Dr. Imran Tajudeen, also from the Department of Malay Studies, NUS, and Associate Professor Dr. Bahar Gürsel, from the Department of History of Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey.

The exhibition, hosted by ArtsEquator Ltd with web development by Tusitala, is available for viewing online, and features collections of archival photographs, postcards and illustrations from the mid-1800s to the 1950s. Employing the three broad themes of Body, Space and Activity, these 50 primary images have been selected to raise questions, in the eyes of contemporary viewers, of received ideas on femininities, as they intersect with social class, place, race and empire in the Malay world.

Being and Becoming: Of Femininities in the Malay World Through 50 Images engages with collections of archival photographs, postcards and illustrations from the mid-1800s to the 1950s. They feature people and places of the Malay world, encompassing the region of present-day Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. In examining thousands of images held in collections all over the world, we select 50 iconic images to actively view them as living cultural products open to reinterpretation and methods of analysis. Employing the three broad themes of Body, Space and Activity, these 50 primary images have been selected to raise questions, in the eyes of contemporary viewers, of received ideas on femininities, as they intersect with social class, place, race and empire in the Malay world.

 

Date: 12 May 2022 – 31 Aug 2022

https://www.beingandbecomingmalayworld.com/

 

 

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