We’ve got the sun under our skin






Title: Inconspicuous spray of blossoms
Year: 2017
Plate: 20
Material: Canson 300gsm, dark almond frame
Bibliography:
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, year, London: Penguin, p. 6


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We’ve got the sun under our skin is a series of photographs and texts illustrating the effects that colonial literature has on modern identity and the construction of the Other. Drawing from 19th–21st century travelogues, ethnographic accounts and novels written about colonial Malaya, passages function as visual scores which dictate the creation of the images—all of which were shot in Britain. Created in response to the homogenous representation of a yesteryear Malaya, the reconstructed scenes attempt to demystify romanticised visions and subvert the orientalist gaze echoed throughout the writings. Shedding light on the power of colonial literature—otherwise seen as vessels of the imperial bind, We've got the sun under our skin attempts to disrupt the slow violence that has been transmitted and accumulated through knowledge production in the west.


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Title: At its cleft heart
Year: 2019
Material: Canson 300gsm, dark almond frame
Bibliography:
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, year, London: Penguin, p. 188




Title: Glistened like a mirror of a heliograph
Year: 2018 
Bibliography: Hugh Clifford, In a corner of Asia, year, London: Penguin, p. 83







Title: Green, and clear, and swirling
Year: 2017
Plate: xx
Material: Canson 300gsm, dark walnut frame
Bibliography: Frank Swettenham, British Malaya, publisher, p. 8, year



Title: Inexorable time speeds
Year: 2019
Bibliography: John Turnbull Thomson, Glimpses into Life in Malayan Lands, year, London: Penguin, p. 24





Title: Pungent, spicy odour
Year: 2019
Bibliography:
Bill Harrison, Tales from the South China Seas, year, London: Penguin, p. 39








Title: No sky, no sun, no stars, no universe
Year: 2019
Bibliography: 
Frank Swettenham, British Malaya, publisher, p. 101, year






Title: A dazzling array
Year: 2020
Bibliography: 
Noel Barber, War of the Running Dogs, publisher, p. 13, year




Title: Impalpable and enslaving
Year: 2019
Material: Canson 300gsm, dark walnut frame
Bibliography:
Frank Swettenham, British Malaya, p. 127




Title: Smelly streets with a ball of fresh jasmine
Year: 2019 
Bibliography:
James Kirkup, Tropic Temper, p. 38





Title: Like tattoo marks
Year: 2019
Material: Canson 300gsm, dark walnut frame  
Henri Fauconnier, Soul of Malaya, p. 51





Title: Confusion in my soul
Year: 2019
Material: Canson 300gsm, dark walnut frame
Bibliography:
Henry Fauconnier, Soul of Malaya, p. 17


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