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Guest Lecture: Dr Kevin Chua | Decolonising 1819

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National Gallery Singapore, Theatrette

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What does it mean to “decolonise” a date, an event, a historical era? Why is the year 1819 so important to our nation’s mythology – and what would it mean to think otherwise? Drawing from a wide range of sources – from images of tiger hunts to the Malayan weretiger, from Anglo-European landscape painting to cartography – this talk by Dr Kevin Chua (Associate Professor of 18th and 19th Century European and Southeast Asian Art History, Texas Tech University) approaches decolonisation through a critical reading of Heinrich Leutemann’s Unterbrochene Straßenmessung auf Singapore (Interrupted Road Surveying in Singapore) c.1865. Standing at the beginning of the DBS Singapore Gallery at the National Gallery Singapore, the engraving seems, at first, to recount that familiar story of the country’s founding and development. Very differently, Dr Chua will argue that the print offers a decolonial counter-origin of modern Singapore.




ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Dr. Kevin Chua specializes in the history of 18th- and 19th-century European art, with an emphasis on French painting. Dr Chua also writes extensively on modern and contemporary art in Southeast Asia, and has published essays on Simryn Gill, Ho Tzu Nyen, Charles Lim, the Migrant Ecologies Project, 1950s Nanyang painting, and Sudjojono. He has published in venues such as Art History, Representations, Art Journal, Third Text, and Artforum. He obtained a PhD in the History of Art from the University of California at Berkeley, and has held fellowships at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) in Washington, DC, and at the Center for 17th- and 18th-century Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles.




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Date & Time: Saturday 8 June, 3pm
Venue: Theatrette, UOB Southeast Asia Gallery 15, Supreme Court Wing, Level 5




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