Friday, 8 February 2013

Publication: Capturing the Straits | Painting and Postcard Views from the 19th and Early 20th Centuries


Foreword | Ahmad Mashadi

Constructing the Colonial Landscape: A Curatorial Introduction | Foo Su Ling

The exhibition Capturing the Straits: Painting and Postcard Views from the 19thand Early 20th Centuries brings together paintings of the Straits Settlements by Scotsman Charles Andrew Dyce who lived in Singapore between 1842 and 1847, and picture postcards of Malacca dating from 1900 to 1957. Referencing the assembly of visual materials, this essay examines image making in Malaya within the transformative setting of colonial expansion and consolidation. The discussion includes aspects of pictorial production in relation to conventions of representation, and develops contexts within which such images may be set alongside one another to stimulate a range of discourses.

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