Venue: Galeri Chandan @ Publika
Duration: 15th Jan – 10th Feb 2014
3 Jul – 22 Jul 2013
Fukuoka Art Museum
3 Oct – 8 Oct 2013
About the show
by Nur Hanim Mohamed Khairuddin
KEMBARA JIWA FUKUOKA – EXPANDED PASSION
Kembara Jiwa, which means ‘traveling soul’ in Malay, is an ambitious project conceived to organise several exhibition series of Malaysian art beyond the nation’s geographical boundaries. Its inaugural show, titled Conception in Reconciliation involving 21 Malaysian artists, was successfully launched in 2012 at two Indonesia’s esteemed art venues, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space in Bandung and Taman Budaya in Yogyakarta. Propelled by profound passion and ambition among some established artists and the project team to bring Malaysian art even further outside the Southeast Asian region, the show now travels to Fukuoka, Japan. Expanded Passion: Contemporary Art from Malaysia is an exposition to be held at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum (FAAM) and seeks to introduce a slice of Malaysian contemporary art to the Japanese public, and in turn, to expose the participating artists to criticism and appreciation from a new circle of art-lovers.
The seventeen artists featured in this second series of the project, representing some of Malaysia’s most respected artists, both established and young, are selected by the curator and the Kembara Jiwa Fukuoka committee to reflect a spectrum of approaches and styles now current within Malaysia’s visual art scene. Requested to produce new works without focusing on any specific theme, these artists are given the liberty to stay true to their artistic sensibilities by applying the forms, methods, materials and concepts that have since become synonymous with their art-making. In other words, their works should manifest familiar vibes and essences of their art to be presented to a new audience in the Land of the Rising Sun.
During the past recent years, a rather large number of Malaysian artists have been invited to participate in various prestigious art events in Japan such as Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Malaysia-Japan Video Art Exchange and Fukuoka Asian Art Museum’s Artists and Researchers Residency programme. In this exclusive exhibition, we are delighted to showcase fresh and fascinating works by several of these artists, including Juhari Said, Hasnul Jamal Saidon, Noor Azizan Rahman Paiman, Umibaizurah Mahir @ Ismail, Azliza Ayob, Phuan Thai Meng and Kamal Sabran.
As regard to other artists, namely Jalaini Abu Hassan, Ilham Fadhli bin Mohd. Shaimy, Samsudin Wahab, Haslin Ismail, Haris Abadi, Goh Lee Kwang, Marvin Chan, Izan Tahir, Fauzulyusri and Suhaidi Razi, this exhibition will offer the viewers a first-ever opportunity to encounter and experience their works. To spice up this show further and to forge a more meaningful connection with the art community in Japan, we also include works by two renowned Japanese artists, Mamoru Abe and Yoshisuke Funasaka at FAAM. Ultimately, we hope Expanded Passion will serve as an excellent venue for those keenly interested in gaining better sights about the current and emerging practices in Malaysian art.
Nur Hanim Mohamed Khairuddin
Hasnul J Saidon
Izan Tahir & Marvin Chan
Jalaini Abu Hassan
Kamal Sabran & Goh Lee Kwang
Noor Azizan Rahman Paiman
Phuan Thai Meng
Umibaizurah Mahir @ Ismail