Skeletons of Empire
22 rubber seeds were introduced to Malaysia by British colonists in 1877. These seeds commenced the British Empire’s dominance in rubber industry and the biggest migration of Indians into the Malay Peninsula. The British system of commodifying rubber endures in postcolonial Malaysia while the Indian migrants remained in the country and adopted a form of imposed identity influenced by socio-cultural systems of British colonies and ancestral heritage. ‘Skeletons of Empire’ visually portrays the outcome of commodifying rubber in Malaysia by the British Empire. It investigates the colonial systems which made rubber an industrial commodity in Malaysia. The work also explores the Indian community that remained in Malaysia as a result of British colonisation, illustrating the enduring remnants of British Imperialism.
Lewis Brown • Alice Cockburn • Alex Colley • Brandon Dare • Matthew Keenan • Mogan Selvakannu • Patrick Wassmann • Liam Webb •