An-Other May 13: An Ongoing History of Artistic Responses

A talk by Mark Teh, theatre director, curator & researcher

Sembang d’SINKEH, Saturday, 17 May 2014, 8:00pm at SINKEH 

The “racial riots” of May 13, 1969 continues to be a defining episode in Malaysian history. The May 13 event remains a paradoxical historical trauma – it has never been commemorated officially, but persists as a powerful phantom that haunts the lived realities of Malaysians through rumour, hearsay, speculation, myth-making, censorship, conspiracy and a (con)fusion of fact and fiction.

This talk considers how Malaysian artists have attempted to represent, remember, reclaim and re-imagine May 13 over the past four decades. Drawing from works in visual arts, theatre, literature and new media, the talk will look at the political and aesthetic complexities in addressing historical trauma in the Malaysian context.

Talk by Mark Teh 2

Mark Teh is a director, curator and researcher whose diverse projects are particularly engaged with the issues of history, memory and the urban context.  His collaborative practice is situated primarily in performance and education, but also operates via exhibitions, interventions, new media and writing.

He graduated with an MA in Art and Politics from Goldsmiths, University of London under a 2010/11 Chevening Scholarship.  Mark is a member of Five Arts Centre, and teaches at the Department of Performance & Media, Sunway University.



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