22 December 2013

Malaysian Contemporary Arts Showcased at World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF)




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Malaysian contemporary artists such as Daud Rahim, Husin Hourmain, Md Fadli Yusof, M. Noor Mahmud and Suhaimi Fadzil were fortunately given the chance to have their art work viewed by dignified people such as HM Prince of Wales, HM Sultan of Brunei, HM King of Jordan as well as the Presidents/Prime Ministers/Head of States of the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Indonesia, Kosovo, Bahrain, Pakistan, Bosnia and Herzegovenia
 

RT plays an important role in introducing a particular society to the eyes of the world. It also carries with it messages that a nation believes in. It (art) is a language in itself that travels beyond boundaries of nations and ethnic constraints... like music. For Malaysia, we have been focusing quite intensely on the nation building surrounding sovereignity of the nation and economic strength. This is natural and logical of course. Any newly born country like us (Malaysia with only 56 years of existence) ought to have that priority. However, when we approach 2020, the much anticipated year of Malaysia becoming a 'developed' country rather than 'developing', we have to start thinking about growing our identity in the eyes of the global theatre. Who are we? Where we come from? So we tell them. We are Malaysian. Mighty, mighty Malaysian. How do we do this? Art is the best option. Kudos to the team at World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) held in October/November this year in London for showcasing Malaysian contemporary art with the strong support by the Malaysian government via its investment company, MyCreative Ventures, as well as art enthusiast, the Artcube Gallery of Intermark.
 
It is only justified that such success be shared (via this blog post) with fellow Malaysians who were not there in London to experience Malaysian contenporary art highlighted by WIEF's satellite exhibition, the Marketplace of Creative Arts (MOCA). This is a significant exposure. Malaysian contemporary artists such as Daud Rahim, Husin Hourmain, Md Fadli Yusof, M. Noor Mahmud and Suhaimi Fadzil were fortunately given the chance to have their art work viewed by dignified people such as HM Prince of Wales, HM Sultan of Brunei, HM King of Jordan as well as the Presidents/Prime Ministers/Head of States of the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Indonesia, Kosovo, Bahrain, Pakistan, Bosnia and Herzegovenia and many more that also includes CEOs of many participating international and multinational corporations across the globe. Various world heritage organisations also took the opportunity to interview WIEF officials in documenting this great curatorialship.
 
In my mind, "Why are the foreigners appreciating our art more than us, Malaysians?" We must show our (Malaysian citizens) appreciation. It starts on home ground. Hence, shall we now view those pieces of art? here in this blog post...... Here goes (in alphabetical order of the artists):
 
 
 
 
 

Badak Sumbu

by Daud Rahim
Oil and Coloured Pencil on Canvas
(From Artcube Gallery and his solo show at Segaris Gallery)

 
 
 

Needs

by Daud Rahim
Oil and Coloured Pencil on Canvas
(From Artcube Gallery and his solo show at Segaris Gallery)
 
 
 
 
 

The Family Tree

by Husin Hourmain
Acrylic and Bitumen on Canvas
(From Private Collection)
 
 
 
 
 

 The Unseen Rainbow

by Husin Hourmain
Acrylic on Canvas
(From Private Collection)
 
 
 
 
 

Alif Selepas Zai

by Husin Hourmain
Acrylic on Canvas
(From Private Collection)
 
 
 
 
 

Kho

by Husin Hourmain
Acrylic on Canvas
(From Artcube Gallery and his solo show 'Awal Hurouf Asal Hurouf' by Core Design Gallery)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Zai

by Husin Hourmain
Acrylic on Canvas
(From Artcube Gallery and his solo show 'Awal Hurouf Asal Hurouf' by Core Design Gallery)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ain

by Husin Hourmain
Acrylic on Canvas
(From Artcube Gallery and his solo show 'Awal Hurouf Asal Hurouf' by Core Design Gallery)
 
 
 
 
 

Nun

by Husin Hourmain
Acrylic on Canvas
(From Artcube Gallery and his solo show 'Awal Hurouf Asal Hurouf' by Core Design Gallery)
 
 
 
 
 

Lam Alif

by Husin Hourmain
Acrylic on Canvas
(From Artcube Gallery and his solo show 'Awal Hurouf Asal Hurouf' by Core Design Gallery)
 
 
 
 
 

Hamzah

by Husin Hourmain
(From Private Collection)
Acrylic on Canvas
 
 
 
 

Syahadah

by Md Fadli Yusof
Acrylic on Canvas
(From Artcube Gallery and his solo show by 12 Artspace)
 
 
 
 

Rapatkan Saf

by Md Fadli Yusof
Acrylic on Canvas
(From Artcube Gallery and his solo show by 12 Artspace)
 
 
 
 
 

Al-Qawiyu of Asmaul Husna Series

by M. Noor Mahmud
Acrylic and Batik Printed Saw Dust on Canvas
(From Artcube Gallery)
 
 
 
 
 

Al-Mukit of Asmaul Husna Series

by M. Noor Mahmud
Acrylic and Batik Printed Saw Dust on Canvas
(From Artcube Gallery)
 
 
 
 
 

Al-Lateef of Asmaul Husna Series

by M. Noor Mahmud
Acrylic and Batik Printed Saw Dust on Canvas
(From Artcube Gallery)
 
 
 
 
 

1957

by Suhaimi Fadzil
Acrylic on Canvas
(From Private Collection)
 
 
 
 

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10 December 2013

And Whence the Cart is Placed Infront




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There have been many reactions to what the Government is doing. They cut on sugar subsidy. They cut on oil subsidy. Tariff has been increased and new broad base taxation system introduced. People are angry. But, what are they angry at? Why are they angry about? Are they blind to notice that our coffers are getting lighter? Do we want to share the same fate as the bankrupt nation of Argentina? Did we not do the same back in 1998 when we sacrificed significant wealth of the nation to save the economy? Do they not comprehend that when at war, tapioca replaces rice? I think we have been pampered way too much. Do away with that subsidy mind set. Discard that grantreprenuership drive. When honest efforts are put in, nature has a way of rewarding. Perhaps we should take stock how much have we taken for granted in the past? Take stock how much we have taken from her (Malaysia)? And most importantly, take stock how much we have given her? The poem below puts things into perspective..... just a bit more .....




CART INFRONT OF THE HORSE

Damn you draught animals...
Pull those two wheels
Pull!!!!
And is this how our people work?
Standing tall with arrogance
Mistaken generosity as their right
Perhaps God gave them to the world
And they feel it that way too
They feel it that way too?

Damn you draught animals...
Pull those heavy carts
Fools!!!
And whence the cart is placed infront
They muse with sarcasm
Misjudging remedy as punishment
Let the horse now push with its head
And let them now despise
And should we even care anyway?

Damn you lazy bastards...
Put your hearts to work
Roll!!!!
And let there be no more grants
And independent we shall be
Misled we were on the weight of the coffers
Naive not we are now, we hope
Facing our destiny and shaping our fate
We pray that never we join the Argentinians

Damn you horses...
You now push those carts with your heads....






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