Venue: Galeri Chandan @ Publika
Duration: 15th Jan – 14th Feb 2013
Bale Tonggoh Selasar Sunaryo Art Space
28 Sept – 7 Oct 2012
Taman Budaya Yogyakarta
14 Nov – 23 Nov 2012
About the Show
This exhibition features a significant and varied body of work by 21 artists who are widely considered popular and at the forefront of contemporary art in Malaysia. Quite a few among these notable established and emerging artists, such as Zulkifli Yusoff, Jalaini Abu Hassan, J Anurendra and Yee I-Lann, have already prominently imprinted their names in the regional as well as international art scenes since the 1990’s. However, most of them have not yet been adequately exposed to viewers outside of the country, including even its nearest neighbours.
This exhibition offers the opportunity for this select group of Malaysian artists to reach and interact with the Indonesian art circle in particular and its art-viewing public in general. Given that Indonesian contemporary art is certainly more well-known and celebrated within the global circuit, this exhibition provides a good platform for Malaysian art and artists to encounter a more penetrating discourse, and to enter a more competitive market. Hopefully by bringing Malaysian art and artists to Indonesia they have a better chance to be more recognised by Indonesian and international art players, and to become more visible regionally and internationally.
Many solo and group shows had been arranged in the past to introduce Malaysian art to Indonesia. However, this exhibition has a larger selection of artists and styles. Displaying signature works of the selected artists, this exhibition allows the Indonesian audience to enjoy a superb variety of art practices and modes of expression prevalent among current Malaysian artists. The vast range of art presented here not only reflects the diversity of techniques, approaches, strategies and media engaged by Malaysian artists but also addresses a wide array of issues and themes on art and aesthetics explored by them.
Largely concerned with investigating and representing certain aspects of contemporary Malaysia, the works featured in this show, furthermore, permit the Indonesian audience to delve into and experience a part of Malaysia’s history, culture and life. It is indeed a challenge for the participating artists to see their works being placed and appreciated in a different socio-cultural and geographical context. Even though Malaysians and Indonesians at large share many things in common, especially culture, language and lifestyle, they have their own unique interests, needs, ideas and beliefs. Owing to these subtle differences, this body of work may possibly receive new interesting meanings and readings.
Ahmad Shukri Mohamed
Bayu Utomo Radjikin
Chang Yoong Chia
Chan Kok Hooi
Chong Ai Lei
Chong Siew Ying
Jalaini Abu Hassan
Kow Leong Kiang
Phuan Thai Meng
Yee I Lann