KLPA looks East for added programming


  • Arts
  • Saturday, 13 Aug 2016

Taro Kawachis People In Boxes is a multimedia presentation at White Box gallery in Publika, which is hosting the Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards. -- Taro Kawachi

The annual Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards (KLPA) is set for big weekend with today’s welcome event for the FocusJapan: Concepts In Portraits Photography programme and the official launch of KL-Ga.org, a documentation platform of Kuala Lumpur, an extended chapter of the original Japanese project, Tokyo-Ga.

The six Japanese artists, chosen by KLPA director Steven Lee for FocusJapan, will highlight the different approaches to contemporary portraiture, covering documentary, conceptual and personal experimentation.

At 1.30pm today at the White Box, KLPA will also launch the official website www.kl-ga.org.

As stated by Lee, the responsibility of documenting Kuala Lumpur can no longer rest with one or even a few photographers.

Taro Kawachis People In Boxes is a multimedia presentation at White Box gallery in Publika, which is hosting the Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards. -- Taro Kawachi
Taro Kawachis People In Boxes is a multimedia presentation at White Box gallery in Publika, which is hosting the Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards. Photo: Taro Kawachi

Initially, 30 specially selected photographers will form the core group of KL-Ga photographers, who will share their personal visions of Kuala Lumpur through their photography – with the view to inform, document and archive the daily activities.

Naoko Ohta, founder director and chief curator of Tokyo-Ga.org, will be at the White Box to officially launch KL-GA.org.

Elsewhere, the FocusJapan programme at White Box starts after the KL-Ga launch, with presentations by Mayumi Suzuki, Yukari Chikura, Mitsu Maeda and Shinya Masuda. Artemis Art in Publika is also hosting a solo Shinya Masuda exhibition, one of the featured FocusJapan photographers. Shinya’s Katsuko exhibition runs concurrently with the KLPA exhibition, which ends Aug 17.

Focusing on the KLPA 2016 theme Stillness And Distance, homegrown photographer Nadirah Zakariya will also lead a group of participants to shoot freely and creatively around this concept of the deadpan aesthetic. Her pre-booked workshop series ends this weekend.


The Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards exhibition, featuring this year’s winners and finalists, is on at White Box, Publika (Level G2-01, Block A5, Menara Sapura Kencana, 1 Jalan Dutamas 1, off Jalan Duta) in Kuala Lumpur till Aug 17. The gallery is open daily from 11am to 7pm. Free admission. Visit www.klphotoawards.com for more information.

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