► Chang Yoong Chia – Don’t Spread Ru­mours

Time Out Kuala Lumpur - - Arts & Culture -

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.

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