Malaysia and its cultural identity

Art December 08, 2017 12:15

By THE NATION

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Richard Koh Fine Art (RKFA) has announced its final show for the year, “We are here” a group exhibition featuring Malaysian artists Bibi Chew, Minstrel Kuik, Nadiah Bamadhaj and Tetriana Ahmed Fauzi. It runs from today until December 20 at the gallery in Kuala Lumpur.



“We are here” presents narratives that surround the human condition and its role in shaping individual identities and a nation. Drawing from a selection of earlier and new works by these female artists born in Malaysia, the show provides a vantage from within a domestic setting and the society at large, encouraging a journey to observe the undercurrents and conditions of a progressing nation.  

Bibi Chew examines the course of building boundaries through incisive cutouts and collages, Chew also returns to an earlier installation piece from 1996 to continue her dialogue on identity and origins.

Nadiah Bamadhaj expands on the destructive conflicts surrounding religion, power and governance through a polyptych of her monochromatic charcoal collage, accompanied by a new video piece completed during her recent feature at Asia Contemporary Art Week New York 2017.

Minstrel Kuik observes the passage of time through her photography print series and charcoal drawings, juxtaposing the past and present, and historical moments in Malaysia that shaped national and cultural identity.

Tetriana Ahmed Fauzi charts the interrelationship between the various identities governed by the environment through her installation of mixed media soft sculptures comprising of household, studio and office objects.

For more information, visit www.RKFineart.com.