'Awan & Tanah' charity exhibition discusses gender equality and religion

  • Arts
  • Saturday, 03 Aug 2019

A close-up detail of Syahida Nawa's 'Pelajar Bukan Pengantin' (2019). Photo: Handout

Sisters of Islam (SIS), an NGO committed to promoting women's rights, is back with its annual fund-raising art exhibition series, which opens at Cult Gallery, Bukit Tunku in Kuala Lumpur on Aug 3.

The exhibition themed Awan & Tanah is the third charity art series from SIS, following the spiritual-minded Heaven, Hell (2017) and the provocative Halal/Haram (2018)

Awan & Tanah, featuring a diverse list of 28 artists, presents works loosely based on themes such as humanity's relationship with God and the subject of gender equality and religion.

Awan & Tanah, in an exhibition context, is a show that offers a wide range of (art) mediums and symbolic imagery," says Majidah Hashim, SIS communications manager.

"The exhibition's topics are timely. What we have now is people denying women their rights and access to God. This show is a way to spark conversations on such issues. No one can stand in the way of a woman's relationship with God," she adds.

Awan & Tanah will feature works from major artists such as Datuk Sharifah Fatimah Syed Zubir, Jalaini Abu Hassan, Bayu Utomo Radjikin, Ahmad Zakii Anwar and Ilse Noor, while Sabri Idrus, Faizal Suhif, Poodien, Sophia Kamal, Chong Ai Lei, Sanan Anuar and Anniketyni Madian offer a balance between commercial and non-mainstream art.

Last year's exhibition Halal/Haram raised RM115,000 for SIS.

Awan & Tanah opens at Cult Gallery, 10 Persiaran Bukit Tunku in Kuala Lumpur Aug 3 at 7pm. The exhibition runs from Aug 3-9. For gallery appointment, call 03-7960-5121. FB: Sisters In Islam.

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