Ng Siang Ping from Lianhe Zaobao wrote about her experience at the opening of the exhibition, “Camina el Autor: The New Chronicle and Good Government by Guaman Poma de Ayala”. As it has been her dream to visit South America she since was 15, she was excited to experience the exhibition. Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala (1534-1615) is a Peruvian chronicler and illustrator. His work The New Chronicle and Good Government records the history of the Andes before and during Spanish colonisation with text and illustrations. The manuscript was completed in 1615, spanning 1,200 pages, with 398 pages of line illustrations. At the exhibition, extracts are presented on 32 panels. They depict controversy and irony, while invoking viewers’ curiosity and imagination.
Siang Ping notes that the cultural, anthropological and artistic values contained in The New Chronicle and Good Government prompted the Embassy of Peru in Singapore to showcase this exhibition on the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Singapore and Peru. The manuscript shines light on Peru’s complex and challenging multicultural society at the time. As Singapore itself once experienced colonisation and has now become a multicultural society, the exhibition highlights parallels that help deepen understanding between the two countries. The exhibition will run from 11am to 7pm till April 12 at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts’ Lim Hak Tai Gallery.
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