Take a closer look at the unassuming betel box. Perhaps you or one of your relatives has one at home? It might be used as a decorative item today, but it probably holds many stories of comforts and customs throughout the years. Alecia Neo explores the evolution of hospitality rituals of women in this region using betel leaf and areca nut (pinang). Who were these women? How did they create a welcoming, respectful environment in their homes? How did they reclaim space for themselves? Follow Alecia on a journey of reflection and contemplation in her video project ramah-tamah, which means “a friendly atmosphere.”
The video will be available for all to view from 19 June onwards.
The artist talk by Alecia Neo will be held on 27 June, 2.30 – 3.30pm.
When: 19 - 27 Jun 2020,
By: Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM)