In this concluding panel discussion for the series Shadows After Dark: Uncovering Post-Colonial Southeast Asian Cinema series, Fang-Tze Hsu, Kathleen Ditzig & Siddharta Perez will join Dr Darlene Machell Espena in discussing the intersection between culture and history through their current research projects. Together they will unpack the complexity and politics of historical memory of the Cold War in Southeast Asia and the role of cultural forms and artists in the current digital and knowledge economy.
About the Speakers Dr Darlene Machell Espena is a Research Fellow at Singapore’s National Institute of Education (NTU). She earned her PhD in Southeast Asian History (2017) and MSc. in Asian Studies (2012) from Nanyang Technological University. Her research includes cinema, culture and politics in Cold War/postcolonial Southeast Asia and political and cultural discourses on Singapore education and economy. She has held teaching positions at De La Salle University and the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.
Fang-Tze Hsu is an independent researcher and curator. She holds an MA in curatorial studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a Ph.D. candidate in the Cultural Studies in Asia programme of the National University of Singapore. Her research interests include contemporary knowledge formation, aesthetics of decolonisation, and politics of Cold War memory.
Kathleen Ditzig is a curator, researcher, writer and Ph.D. candidate at the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University. She is interested in the relationship between art, globalism, and power. Her art historical research addresses the relationship of Cold War globalism and the emergence of Southeast Asia as a cultural region. Her writing has been published by Artforum and Flash Art among other art magazines, and by journals such as Southeast of Now (published by NUS Press) and Finance and Society.
Siddharta Perez is a Curator at NUS Museum, focused on developing exhibitions and programmes around the museum’s South & Southeast Asian Collection. She recently staged a moving image exhibition speculating on substitutions of scenography and histories in the Philippines and Vietnam during the American wars in the Pacific titled Double Vision (2016) that she enacted into another exhibition called Unsettled Assignments with Lyno Vuth for the Singapore International Festival of the Arts 2017. She co-curated the exhibitions Radio Malaya: Abridged Conversations about Art in 2017 as well as Crossings, a solo exhibition by Wei Leng Tay, and Rediscovering Forgotten Thai Masters of Photography: a project by Manit Sriwanichpoom in 2018.
About the series Shadows After Dark: Uncovering Post-Colonial Southeast Asian Cinema, conceived with Dr Darlene Machell Espena, follows a chronological development of Cold War cinema in post-colonial Southeast Asia. Consisting of six parts, this series will attempt to uncover trajectories and examine the visual culture of the period. It is organised from the discussions around the exhibition ‘Who Wants To Remember A War”: War Drawings and Posters from the Dato’ N. Parameswaran Collection.