NUS Museum Exhibitions
The Making of a Non-Myth
Till mid-July 2017
Resource Gallery, NUS Museum
This prep-room project presents simultaneous research and practices by conservator Kate Pocklington and artist Lucy Davis on the crocodile in Singapore. Activated by the conservation of the century old specimen for exhibition in the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, the heuristic and scientific research has expanded to uncover the animal’s eclipsed history. By virtue of the Straits’ ambivalent relations with the crocodile, the materials on display reckon with its population and circulation in habitat and encounters, folklore, colonial enterprise, industry and violence. Running parallel to this natural history research is a revisit of Lucy Davis’s artistic interpretation of the components of this particular crocodile framed within her bigger “Migrant Ecologies Project” that unpacks readings through which we view and study animals and the natural world.
[Image: Detail of plaster crocodile by Kate Pocklington. Gallery impression by Geraldine Kang for NUS Museum.]