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Organized Panel Session

4 - Voices of Art: Cultural Translation in the Exhibition of "Between Declarations and Dreams: Art of Southeast Asia since the 19th-Century" in National Gallery Singapore

Friday, March 23
12:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Location: Thurgood Marshall South, Mezzanine

The exhibition of “Southeast Asian Arts since the 19th-century” housed at National Gallery Singapore demonstrates Singapore’s cultural magnet and presents an appealing object of research. The mix of culture exemplified by this exhibition is translated distinctly through visual forms and omnipresent captions depicted and interpreted for the narratives preferred by the exhibition patronage, who tries to serve the international, especially Southeast Asian, communities. The efforts of patronage (especially curators), as well as the reception of international communities, combine to create an art space where cultural meanings of this exhibition are negotiated through mutual and interactive engagement. This study investigates how Singapore, as a multicultural metropolis, has staged and accommodated Southeast Asian arts through examining how these artworks from different nations are presented and what effects are subsequently evinced. This analysis will be further complicated by the both participative and passive role of the visitor communities. It calls into question the adequacy of the form of exhibition that visitors are used to, and brings to light its manipulative nature. It specifically reveals the cross-cultural presentation of art, negotiation of meanings, and participation of international visitor communities unique in this exhibition. The notion of cultural translation and art community enlighten and enrich each other by this study. 

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