Revisit the Singapore and Malayan cinema in the 50s and 60s with 4th edition of SAM Mini Mobile Museum this June

Opening on Jun 9, the fourth edition of the Singapore Art Museum’s Mini Mobile Museum will feature ‘Slander!’ by multidisciplinary artist Jeremy Sharma.

Effie Tan

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Published: 8 June 2021, 4:42 PM

If you have ever wondered what the golden era of Singapore and Malayan cinema back in the 50s and 60s was like, then you’re in luck. 

The fourth edition of the Singapore Art Museum’s (SAM) Mini Mobile Museum, which launches on Jun 9, will feature Slander! by local multidisciplinary artist Jeremy Sharma

Slander! is a presentation of Jeremy’s research into Singapore’s films and popular culture of the 1950s and 1960s. The title Slander! references the 1959 film Korban Fitnah (Victims of Slander), a feature in Sharma’s 2017 installation, A White, White Day which is now part of the museum’s collection. 

This particular exhibition revisits the films shot and produced in Singapore between 1958 and 1963, which is the period between the post-war heyday of Singapore’s film industry and Singapore’s independence day. 

Serving as a reflection of the cultural moment when Singapore started rapidly urbanising and shaping its politics, Slander! features a system of modular structures with themes that recur in the artist’s pieces. 

A choreography of film footages, digitised images, texts, objects and printed matter will be on display during the exhibition.


Jeremy Sharma works as an artist and musician as he experiments into scenes and places through a modern lens. PHOTO CREDIT: SINGAPORE ART MUSEUM


The exhibition will be held at Woodlands Regional Library from Jun 9 to Jul 25, before travelling to Jurong and Tampines regional libraries on Jul 28 and Sep 15 respectively. 

The SAM Mini Mobile Museum is a travelling art exhibition that presents the multifaceted nature of contemporary art through a variety of artworks from SAM’s collection, done in partnership with the National Library Board.

There are other public programmes alongside the exhibition, including A Date with SAM, an online conversation with the artist and curator; and Kopi, Teh and Contemporary Art, a visual guided tour specially designed for seniors. 

This edition also features designed labels that break down the themes and concepts in the artwork for children to better access and engage with. They can enjoy creating their very own film strip inspired by the artwork in the comfort of their own homes. 

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