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Jeffrey Lim (b. 1978, Kuala Lumpur) comes from a background in communication design. His research is deeply rooted in documenting, understanding, and improving urban social conditions. Using photography, found objects, and interactions such as mapping, community building, urban surveying, et. al., Lim reflects on issues of identity, belonging, and cultural heritage. Several of his projects explore community building and community spaces. His works include: Bicycle Map Project (2014), a crowd-sourced cycling map for Kuala Lumpur; Door Left, Door Right (2015), a situational photographic installation; Kanta (2012-ongoing), a collection of photographic studies of portraitures.
ESCAPE from the SEA [Kuala Lumpur 2017] In collaboration with the National Art Gallery (NAG) and Art Printing Works Sdn. Bhd. (APW), The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur is thrilled to present ESCAPE from the SEA, a group exhibition that considers issues of identity, belongingness, and history through the politics of borders in this region and beyond.
ESCAPE from the SEA is an extension of Condition Report, a curatorial development programme initiated by the Japan Foundation Asia Centre. Currently in its sophomore edition, the programme in 2017 takes place in two parts: the first opens with four major collaborative exhibitions in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Bangkok. The second features fourteen local exhibitions, each curated by fourteen shortlisted curatorial participants from the programme.
The exhibition frames the sea as both physical and metaphorical, defining maritime and geopolitical boundaries as well as representing a fluid state of boundlessness. In this sense, the title invokes an escape from something equally political and poetic. If escape implies a line of flight from, a way of slipping past, an act of eluding a limit or a border, where do we escape to? Here, the borders between home and neighbour, self and other, historic and contemporary, factual and fictive, real and imagined are negotiated, and while escape is requisite, arrival is never resolute.
ESCAPE from the SEA includes works from artists who come from a range of contexts, practices, and media including film/video, installation, performance, research-based projects. Several works respond directly to issues pertaining to the political border: between sovereign lands and of bodies of water; others choose to navigate a more private border, drawing from personal lives to question public affairs; and yet others explore possibilities of the dissolution of borders altogether, hacking and blurring the space between what we know and imagine – of history, of time, and of space.
NOTE: Bus tours to and fro both venues of the exhibition may be available for visitors every alternate Saturday. Please refer to the official Facebook event page for updates. http://www.facebook.com/theJapanFoundationKL/
[ORGANISED BY] Japan Foundation Asia Center, as an extension of Condition Report, a curatorial development programme initiated by the Japan Foundation Asia Centre. Currently in its sophomore edition, the programme in 2017 takes place in two parts: the first opens with four major collaborative exhibitions in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Bangkok. The second features fourteen local exhibitions, each curated by fourteen shortlisted curatorial participants from the programme.
Yap Sau Bin (MY)
Hiroyuki Hattori (JP)
Alice Sarmiento (PH)
Kurnia Yunita Rahayu (ID)
Souliya Phoumivong (LA)
Goh Sze Ying (MY)
1. Adam David (PH)
2. Aoyama Satoru (JP)
3. Au Sow-Yee (MY)
4. Catalina Africa Espinosa (PH)
5. Han Ishu (CN/JP)
6. Ismal Muntaha (ID)
7. Jeffrey Lim (MY)
8. Ali Alasri, Faiq Syazwan Kuhiri, Mark Teh, and Wong Tay Sy (MY)
9. Pangrok Sulap (MY)
10. Roslisham Ismail aka ISE (MY)
11. Shitamichi Motoyuki (JP)
12. Tita Salina (ID)
13. Yang02 + Kenta Ishige (JP)
14. Zai Kuning (SG)
24 February –23 April, 2017
Free of charge and open to the public
National Art Gallery (Balai Seni Negara)
10 a.m.–6 p.m. daily / 2 Jalan Temerloh, Off Jalan Tun Razak, 53200 Kuala Lumpur
Art Printing Works Sdn. Bhd. (APW Bangsar)
12 p.m.–8 p.m. daily / 29 Jalan Riong, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
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