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On the Other Side of Fear

YEE I-LANN, Tikar-A-Gagah (detail), 2019, pandanus weave and commercial chemical dye 

(split bamboo weave, black natural dye, and stitched bamboo weave on the reverse side), 

created with assistance from Keningau and Palau Omadal weavers, 2.5 m × 15 m.

Courtesy the National Gallery Singapore.

Often we don’t appreciate something until it’s gone. In the first two months of 2020, this cliché unfortunately rang true. With governments across Asia imposing quarantines and travel restrictions to contain the spread of Covid-19, and art organizations canceling events and postponing…

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