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3 late artists with inclusive visions

Decades before “diversity” became a buzzword, 3 late artists were already embracing a more empathetic world

"WHOSE turn is it to speak now?" is the first line of a powerful poem printed on the red walls of National Gallery Singapore's new exhibition titled Familiar Others. Penned by Filipino poet Gawani Domogo Gaongen, the poem attempts to give voice to her country's long silenced indigenous communities, particularly their women. ("She who knows the language of her ancestors… the language of the earth… the language of the birds, of wild pigs.") The poem suggests it's time to give the marginalised their "turn to speak" about their lives and grievances.

The poem was written in response to a work in the Gallery's new showcase of 3 late South-east Asian artists, who had looked upon communities other...

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