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MEREKA UTUSAN: IMPRINTING MALAY MODERNITY 1920S–1960S

A PARALLEL PROJECT OF THE SINGAPORE BIENNALE 2016

Singapore Biennale 2016 Parallel Project Malay Heritage Centre MEREKA UTUSAN: MELAYU, MODERNITY AND MEDIA, 1920S – 1960S

This exhibition will trace important moments in the social and intellectual history of the Singapore Malay community as it developed, responded to and was affected by larger global forces, including the Great Depression, the Second World War and post-war nationalist movements. Grounded in this year’s theme of bahasa (language), the exhibition will feature Malay magazines, periodicals and newspapers in Jawi script that circulated in the Straits Settlements between the 1920s and the 1960s. These records of popular culture reveal the aspirations and anxieties of the Malay community at significant historical junctures, and also reflect the ideas and contestations regarding the ‘modern Malay’ and issues of ethnic and national identity.