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Iskandar Jalil

National Gallery Singapore


Kembara Tanah Liat (Clay Travels)

Iskandar Jalil is a leading ceramic artist in Singapore. He is widely recognised for expanding, advancing and reinventing the practice of studio pottery and ceramic art. ‘Kembara Tanah Liat (Clay Travels)’ is the first major survey of Iskandar’s career and draws on close to 200 works from the 1960s to the present. It highlights his deep connection with clay and belief that the material embodies the local identity and culture of the land. He insisted on using clay from Southeast Asia and drew on a wide range of cultural sources to capture the character of the region. This exhibition explores the practice of ceramic art, challenges the conventional view of it and underlines its place in the history of modern art in Southeast Asia and beyond.

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