SAM Mini Mobile Museum: ‘Slander!’ by Jeremy Sharma
Slander! represents an extension of Jeremy Sharma’s research into Singapore’s films and popular culture of the 1950s and 1960s, and its title references the 1959 film Korban Fitnah (Victims of Slander). Slander! revisits films produced between 1958 and 1963, which is the period sandwiched between the post-war heyday of Singapore’s film industry and Singapore’s eventual independence. In other words, Slander! looks back at a cultural moment when a new nation started rapidly urbanising, drafting and shaping its politics. It uses a system of modular structures with themes that recur in Sharma’s practice—the modernist notions of shape, size, scale, seriality and repetition—drawing on digitised images from films as well as texts and objects.