Changi Wall Murals by Mr Jeffrey Say (15th Feb 2020)
In May 1943, a prisoner-of-war (POW) named Stanley Warren completed the last of five murals in a hospital chapel in Changi camp. The murals had been ‘lost’ and then ‘rediscovered’ in 1958. They have since been restored on three occasions by the artist. The Changi Murals, as they are popularly known, are arguably the most historically significant art executed by a POW in Singapore. While focusing on the famous Changi Murals, this presentation will also discuss the category known as POW art and highlight other notable artistic personalities interned at Changi such as Murray Griffin, Ronald Searle and Richard Walker who, despite adversities and inhumane conditions, managed to produce a body of works that are remarkable for their ingenuity and sense of humour as much as for their brutal realism.
The talk will be held at the Seminar Room, National Museum of Singapore.
About The Speaker
Jeffrey Say is an art historian who was instrumental in the development of art history studies at LASALLE College of the Arts. In 2009, he designed the world’s first Master’s programme focusing on Asian modern and contemporary art histories. Jeffrey is a public advocate of the importance of art history to Singapore. He is a frequent speaker at the National Library, at museums and various art spaces, and conducts short but popular courses on art history. He is the co-editor of Histories, Practices, Interventions: A Reader in Singapore Contemporary Art (2016).
Timeslots Available (15th Feb 2020):
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