Friday, 14 January 2011

Camping and Tramping Through the Colonial Archive: The Museum in Malaya

[Gallery impression, Camping and Tramping Through the Colonial Archive: The Museum in Malaya, NUS Museum, 2010]
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Date: 13 January 2011 – 2 December 2012
Venue: South-Southeast Asia Gallery, NUS Museum
Curators: Ahmad Mashadi & Shabbir Hussain Mustafa

 The term Camping and Tramping is inspired by a lesser known 19th century document compiled by a British officer describing the field work and travails of his time with the colonial office in Malaya. This exhibition traces the rise of the Museum in British Malaya not just as an indicator of power over what was gazed upon as the exotic but by acknowledging that the very advent of the Museum resulted in a staging ground for a project of accumulation and the ordering of knowledge. Writings and artefacts have been mobilized from the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (NUS), Asian Civilizations Museum, National Museum of Singapore, National Library Board Singapore, Singapore Press Holdings, Singapore National Archives, NUS Museum, and the Ivan Polunin and Mohammad Din Mohammad collections.

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