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

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

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

The exhibition will be made available for viewing from 12 May onwards at https://www.beingandbecomingmalayworld.com/


About the Project

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 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.

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

The exhibition, hosted by ArtsEquator Ltd with web development by Tusitala, will be available for viewing online from 12 May 2022 and will feature 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.

Accompanying the online exhibition will be a series of seminars that will take a further dive into the themes explored in this exhibition. From discussing how women and femininities were represented, named, classified, eroticised, exoticised, commodified, and constructed as a racialised gender to re-reading colonial-era images, these seminars round off the full experience of journeying through Being and Becoming: Of Femininities in the Malay World Through 50 Images.

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

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

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

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