Special Talk: Behind the Scenes of Witness to War

27 Jan 2018
The Salon,
Level 1
Free Admission with on-line registration.

Behind the Scenes  


Special Talk: Behind the Scenes of Witness to War

The Salon, Level 1 

Sat, 27 Jan| 3pm – 4:30pm

Free with registration

How do we represent the harrowing tales of war? From lovers separated to the complexities of military battle, how do exhibition-making and animation bring the personal stories and experiences of a war that is over 70 years old come to life for new generations, and inspire us to look at our shared history anew? Join us for this exclusive peak behind the curtain to meet the curators, designers and artists who collaborated to bring you the exhibition Witness to War: Remembering 1942. Click here for tickets.


Speaker’s Biographies:


Iskander Mydin

Iskander is currently a Curatorial Fellow at the National Museum of Singapore. His background is inter-disciplinary, having studied modern Asian and European history, sociology, psychology, ethnology and museum ethnography. His research interests include the social history of the Malay community in Singapore; cultural history of Singapore; war memory; life-history narratives; historical fragments such as diaries, letters, and photographic albums; anecdotal history, and the city of the future.


Priscilla Chua

Priscilla is a curator with the National Museum of Singapore. She majored in History at the National University of Singapore and has a varied interest in the subject, including military, biographical and sports history. Since joining the museum in 2008, Priscilla has developed and curated a number of Singapore-themed exhibitions, including Singapore 1960 (2010); EDB’s 50th anniversary exhibition, Transforming Landscapes, Improving Lives: 50 Years of Economic Development (2011); 45–65: Liberation, Unrest… a New Nation (2012) and We: Defining Stories (2014). Priscilla was also part of the team that worked on the 2015 revamp of the Singapore History Gallery, where she focused on the post-war sections of the gallery. Her latest exhibition, Witness to War: Remembering 1942 (2017), was a special international exhibition held in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore.


Sarah Yip

Sarah is currently Senior Assistant Director at the Ministry of Education, Singapore. She read Government and History as an undergraduate at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and obtained her Masters degree in Global and Imperial History from the University of Oxford. Sarah spent two years with the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Singapore, before being posted to the National Museum on a one-year attachment. She was part of the Witness to War: Remembering 1942 curatorial team, and made her conference debut at Exhibiting the Fall: Remembering and Representing War and Its Aftermath in Asia. Sarah is fascinated by the topic of war memory, its interpretation, and the complex role of public institutions in preserving and shaping the way war is remembered by communities and nations.


GSM Project

Founded in 1958, GSM Project is a multidisciplinary design and production firm with offices in Montreal, Dubai, and Singapore. GSM collaborates with partners across a variety of industries, including museums, science centres, brands, and real estate developers, to create unforgettable visitor experiences.



ampulets 安普樂 is a graphic and communications design studio founded and directed by James Teo since 2006. The studio takes pride in work that is always considered, serves function, and invites and rewards curiosity and the human desire for meaning. It believes that good work satisfies both the client and designer.

ampulet's "Days of Lightning" design was part of the "Singapore Icons" series of ceramic ware by Supermama which won the 2013 President's Design Award. In 2012, it started Neighbourgoods, an art and design label inspired by things and people around them.


Andre Wee

André is a 3D world builder, illustrator and Virtual Reality artist who graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, RISD (USA). His works are primarily a reaction to the displacement and in-betweeness experienced between the constantly changing landscapes that he has lived and moved around in. He finds inspiration, obsession and calm in creating spaces both real and imagined, physical or digital, logical and impossible. Apart from sketching, painting and 3D modelling, André enjoys looking at and occasionally making terrariums in his free time.


Darel Seow

Darel is a visual storyteller who illustrates the tales of the natural world through his unique brand of wry wit and whimsy. He believes in the draw of storytelling as a means of engagement, creating experiences that simultaneously excite and educate. Particularly interested in museums and culture, he has worked with art, cultural and educational institutions to encourage learning through the power of imagination and play.


Image above: Illustrations by ampulets, Andre Wee, Darel Seow and Esther Goh. Image courtesy of GSM Project.






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