Artist, Architecture & Community: Malacca & Singapore

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Free Admission 20 Sep 2017 - 06.30pm NUS Baba House

A talk with artist Victor Chin

Programme
6.30pm – 7.00pm: Refreshments
7.00pm – 8.00pm: Talk

NUS Baba House in collaboration with the Tun Tan Cheng Lock Centre (TTCLC) for Asian Architectural and Urban Heritage present a talk with Victor Chin on recording urban heritage in Malacca and Singapore. Victor Chin worked on a comparative study of the shophouses in the Straits Settlements and Kuala Lumpur from 1980-1995. The outcome of the work is a suite of paintings that explore the range, variety and styles of architectural facades in these towns.

The talk elaborates on the encounter of these two cities through the artistic inquiry on heritage, infrastructure and social life. The different practices of painting and photography are tools that offer the poignant experience of recording and analyzing heritage structures and Victor discusses their use in inquiries and representation of shophouses over the period of his study.

About the speaker
Victor Chin is currently the Artist-in-Residence (AIR) at the Tun Tan Cheng Lock Centre (TTCLC) for Asian Architectural and Urban Heritage, a resource of the Department of Architecture, NUS School of Design and Environment. He has been at the forefront of artistic documentation of the early shophouses in Malaysia and Singapore. Part of his project as AIR is to reassess and revalue the vernacular shophouses in Malacca and Singapore through an exhibition of the watercolours that he painted 20 years ago.

Image credit: 97 Jln. Hang Jebat, Melaka, watercolour by Victor Chin, 1997, 30x40cm

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