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Local Coconuts

Simryn Gill and the politics of identity

Lee Weng Choy

There is a picture of me in a coconut-bark suit standing inside a moving subway train in Singapore. Not just your average commuter, I am posing as the displaced 'native intellectual' and looking straight at you. Perhaps I am like a deer caught staring at the headlights of an onrushing modernity, or perhaps a postcolonial Narcissus fixated on his own projection.

SIMRYN GILL, Wonderlust, 1996 (detail), coconuts, Lee Weng Choy's shoes, Artspace, Sydney; 

The suit, created by Simryn Gill, was…

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