Shabbir Hussain Mustafa is an Assistant Curator with the National University of Singapore Museum. As a student of the arts, his research interests modern South and Southeast Asian history. His approach to understanding the arts has centered heavily on engaging different archives of thinking and writing, all in an attempt at opening up the archives to multivariate struggles of perception and reading. The South and Southeast Asian exhibitions that he recently curated include: Archives and Desires: Selections from the Mohammad Din Mohammad Collection (2008); I Polunin: Memories of Singapore through Film and Photographs (2009); Past-Present: Craft Communities in Contemporary India (2009) and Persistent Visions | Erika Tan (2009). His recent publications include “Re-membering the Intimate Past” in Shifts: Wong Hoy Cheong, 2002-2007 (2008); “Something” in Being: Ahmad Zakii Anwar (2009) and “The Science of the Native in Colonial Malaya” in Camping and Tramping through the Colonial Archive: The Museum in 19th Century Malaya (2010).