► Chang Yoong Chia – Don’t Spread Rumours
Part of the ‘archive, narrative, the world’ category, Chang Yoong Chia delves into our collective memory surrounding the incidents that happened on May 13 1969. Using stamps that were in circulation between 1965 and 1971 with postmarks of ‘Don’t spread rumours’ and ‘Don’t listen to rumours’ in four languages, Yoong Chia’s work depicts the incident where movie-goers were gunned downed as they left Majestic Cinema in KL on that infamous day. The piece confronts us with some uncomfortable truths about our nation’s history, raising the question of whether we’re still nursing the hangover from that fateful day. While the artist’s use of red, pink and yellow to depict the incident doesn’t just evoke the fiery emotions stoked at the time, the brightness of the collage indicates how fresh it remains in our collective memory.