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> SERABANG EXPERIMENTS (2019 -)

I am currently working with community members at Telok Serabang, to experiment with different modes of museum-making in order to tell cosmopolitical stories about multiple natures in the local area. The village is home to a small coastal Sambas Malay community, and located at the westernmost tip of Borneo, in the Malaysian state of Sarawak: an hour's walk from the Indonesian border.
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A handmade map of the local area, documenting changing and historic landuse, human and nonhuman areas of habitation, the new road, walking paths to Indonesia, local conservation (turtle hatcheries, coral reef balls), local spirits, the historic landing sites of local ancestor and infamous female sea captain Nakhoda Hitam.

Display of local objects: Daun simpur, used for plates, steaming food, young shoots used for salads. Necklaces made by local women from local shells (koyang kumang, k. sorek, k. babi). Lokan (clams), used to make kapur (limestone chalk) for local dishes and beauty products. Tuba leaves - the root is pounded and used to make fish drunk, stunning them for easy catches in rock pools. Pandan wangi, used for fragrance in cooking, to cover caskets at funerals, and previously as offerings for Nyemah, the sea spirit. Betel leaf used for offerings, offered to Nyemah and other spirits in the old days.
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> OTHER MUSEUMS OF SARAWAK (excerpt of video tests, 2019 -)

Other Museums of Sarawak is an ongoing video work documenting entangled fragments of "nature" across Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo.

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> A GUIDE TO THE BIRDS AND MAMMALS OF BORNEO IN THE HORNIMAN MUSEUM (2019)

A Guide.. is a self-guided tour to the Bornean specimens on display in the natural history galleries at the Horniman Museum, London. The project was a collaboration with Adrian Jo Milang, a practitioner of the Kayan oral art form of Parap and Takna'.

Drawing from colonial archives, local cosmologies, epic poetry and contemporary reflections on the displays, the Guide offers a critical, multi-vocal approach to the Horniman's specimens. Interventions around the natural history galleries presented indigenous names for the Bornean specimens, drawing from multiple dialects.

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> BURUNG PENJAJAH (2019 - )

Ongoing work towards an installation exploring the coloniality of bird displays in Southeast Asian museums, comprising audio, photographs and video drawn from research into the collections and practices of the Hanoi Biological Museum (Vietnam), Muzium Negara, Perak Museum and Sarawak Museum (Malaysia).
Below, an exercept from a 1970s Malaysian educational TV show on the subject of bird taxidermy, presented by Muzium Negara.