NINE years ago, a 2007 Petronas Merdeka Day commercial titled Tan Hong Ming in Love depicted a story of young love between a boy and his then “girlfriend” in a primary school.
The complete spontaneity reminded Malaysians that our differences should not matter, that our children are colour blind, and that we should keep them that way.
Winning a Gold in the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival 2008, the commercial was one of many heart-moving projects created by the late Yasmin Ahmad.
Her death in 2009 came off as a shock to many.Nevertheless, fans of her work are carrying on her torch.
Among them are 11 Fine Arts students of The One Academy, who have come together to exhibit their work at the Yasmin at Kong Heng Museum in Ipoh to keep the space active.
Using the messages portrayed in Yasmin’s many projects, they have turned their points of view on various social issues into artworks.
Fine Arts Senior Lecturer Seah Zelin said the exhibition, themed Moving On, does not attempt to get people to remember Yasmin, but instead, to remember her spirit and philosophy.
“Through her work and life experiences, Yasmin knowingly advocated the ideal of equality for all.
“But what really made her stand out from the crowd was the fact that she walked the talk,” Seah said.
The exhibition will be held every weekend from now until July 3, from 10am to 4pm daily.