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Exhibitions

I Polunin

8 August 2009 - 3 Jan 2010

Pulau Sudong, 1951, Ivan Polunin Collection

 

 

Approached as a survey of everyday life in Singapore and Malaya in the 1950s and 1970s, I Polunin presents rarely seen photographs, slides and film footage selected from the personal archives of Dr. Ivan Polunin. Conceptualized as an ‘archival site’, the exhibition also brings together Dr. Polunin’s personal objects which sit alongside the photographic displays. Encouraging its audiences to connect intuitively but also set against the different legacies of colonial knowledge production and of what constitutes a sense of the Singapore Self - I Polunin -strives to challenge take-for-granted notions of memory and melancholy in the postcolonial era. Arriving in Singapore from England in 1948, Dr. Polunin taught Social Medicine and Public Health at the then University of Malaya. In an adventurous career that began with the filmic documentation of tropical diseases, Dr. Polunin’s ethnographies grew to encompass hundreds of hours of film footage on Malaya’s eclectic sociocultural practices and its rich biodiversity.

 

 

 

 

 
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