MEA Awards 2013 Ceremony @ mapKL
EMERGING homegrown artists Sabihis Mohd Pandi, 25, Ong Xiang Ru, 27, Shafiq Nordin, 26, Cheong Tuck Wai, 34, and Hilal Mazlan, 26, now look to have their careers accelerated. They have each picked up honours in the Malaysian Emerging Artist Award 2013 (MEA award), which recently concluded its third edition with a prizegiving ceremony at the White Box, MAP, Publika in Kuala Lumpur.
The biennial competition, organised by local art galleries Galeri Chandan and HOM Art Trans, ran from last November to early January. This independent initiative aims to recognise talents who are relatively unknown (artists below the age of 35). Also, their artworks must have been produced between 2012 and 2013, and never exhibited locally before.
Galeri Chandan Received the Most Promising Asean Gallery Award by START
Galeri Chandan in Kuala Lumpur, was recognised with the START Most Promising Asian Gallery award for its pioneering work. From its unique multi-disciplinary art gallery and project space which, since its establishment six years ago, has showcased the work of over 100 artists. Aside from programming ambitious exhibitions and offering project space for artists, the gallery has also pioneered a number of notable industry ‘ecosystem’ projects which include the biannual Malaysian Emerging Artist Award and The Kembara Jiwa Project, which introduces Malaysian contemporary art to the world.
Galeri Chandan has set up its own art residency program for South East Asian artists based in Indonesia and a creative consulting arm, Artistic Minds, which specialises in curated built environments. Galerie Chandan is an alternative art space far from conventional and through its disciplined curatorial approach and its pursuit to discover new artists and present cutting-edge work, it has helped raise awareness of Malaysian art internationally.Read more
Kembara Jiwa Fukuoka Homecoming Exhibition
Kembara Jiwa, which means ‘traveling soul’ in Malay, is an ambitious project conceived to organise several exhibition series in bringing Malaysian art beyond the nation’s geographical boundaries. Expanded Passion: Contemporary Art from Malaysia seeks to introduce a slice of Malaysian contemporary art to the Japanese public, whereby, the participating artists will be exposed to criticism and appreciation from a new circle of art-lovers.
The group of artists featured in this exhibition consists of some of Malaysia’s most respected artists, both established and young, reflecting a spectrum of approaches and styles now current within Malaysia’s visual art scene.Read more