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In Conversation with Erika Tan and Dr. Lara Perry

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Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

Brighton

BN1 1EE

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Artist Erika Tan and Dr Lara Perry, Brighton University School of Humanities, discuss Tan’s recent series of films which focus on the minor historic figure of Halimah binti Abdullah, an expert weaver who participated in the 1924 Empire Exhibition (London). Halimah, along with 19 other Malayans, lived and worked in the Malayan Pavilion. By day they were demonstrating their crafts and selling souvenirs at the exhibition; by night living behind the displays in an ex-army hut. In the same year that she came to London, she contracted pneumonia and died, aged 60. She was buried in Brookwood Cemetery in Woking and given a muslim burial. This is where her story ends. Tan’s project is interested in trying to resurrect her story as a way of approaching questions around colonial exhibition tropes, ideas of cultural ambassadors or martyrs, the parameters of a developing ‘Singapore art canon’, and the difficulties of retracing the forgotten in an ever incomplete archive.
Tan will be showing some of her processes, research and final works, alongside conversation with Dr Lara Perry. Tan’s work resonates with historian Dr Perry’s interest in issues of the unrecorded, or unevidenced life and events.


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