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A Frame In Time

Lai Foong Moi painted the Trishaw Rider in 1961. It is more than a portrait of everyday life in Singapore. Depicted at a moment of rest and playing a nose flute, the artist pushes one to think about the labourer beyond his profession. What are his hopes and aspirations? What was life like for working-class Singaporeans in the 1960s and 1970s?
A Frame In Time

A Frame In Time - S1E3: Trishaw Rider

26 Apr 2020 10:00pm
Lai Foong Moi painted the Trishaw Rider in 1961. It is more than a portrait of everyday life in Singapore. Depicted at a moment of rest and playing a nose flute, the artist pushes one to think about the labourer beyond his profession. What are his hopes and aspirations? What was life like for working-class Singaporeans in the 1960s and 1970s?

A Frame In Time

About the show:

In Season 2 of A Frame In Time, we continue to tell stories of Singapore’s past, pausing at poignant moments in the 1970s and 80s.

Film auteur, Kelvin Tong helms the series again, interweaving fiction and non-fiction for a unique approach to documentary story-telling.

In Ong Kim Seng’s ‘Night Calligrapher’, we see a man seated and presumably at work in a long alleyway. The narrative spurs an exploration into the past world of letter-writing.

Widely regarded as one of Singapore’s most important artists, Liu Kang’s painting of a ‘Young Girl with Discus’ is infused with a playful energy. This portraiture initiates our conversation about women in sports, featuring Patricia Chan, Glory Barnabas, K Jayamani, among other sporting icons.

The last episode features a mixed media abstract collage, ‘Hunting Elephants in the Batik Forest’ by artist Tumadi B. Patri. We trace the origins of wayang kulit puppetry in Singapore and explore its eventual demise to the likes of radio, cinema, and television.

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