Affordable art to photography culture: exhibitions to catch in Kuala Lumpur


It's the last call for Ilham Gallery's pandemic disrupted exhibition 'Bayangnya Itu Timbul Tenggelam', which ends on May 9. It features 1,600 archival photographs, and has been considered a visual feast of a show not to be missed. Photo: Ilham Gallery

Ilham Gallery's longest running exhibition – after facing closures and reopenings because of the pandemic – will finally come to an end on May 9.

With over 1,600 archival photographs, Bayangnya Itu Timbul Tenggelam has been considered a visual feast of a show. Browse through the images to gain a sense of the cultures and histories that developed around photography and its relationship to Malaysia.

The exhibition invites viewers to discover the different values and meanings that people have invested in the photographic image through the years, in an attempt to explore an alternative understanding of the complex modern history of photography.

Instead of tracing the "evolution" of camera technology or presenting a chronology of artistic movements, the exhibition instead highlights how photographs gained new dimensions and meanings through the different ways they were used, collected, and displayed.

More info here.

The site-specific installation 'What You Are The World Is' at The Godown. Photo: The Star/Shaari ChematThe site-specific installation 'What You Are The World Is' at The Godown. Photo: The Star/Shaari Chemat

Walk the maze

The Godown arts space is hosting contemporary artist Andrew Pok’s latest site-specific installation, which is a maze made out of welded steel fences that stand 1.83m (6 feet) in height.

What You Are The World Is, as simple as it sounds, invites the visitor to walk through the Godown's main hall... transformed into a Zen-like setting. Thoughtful reflection is part of this artful spiritual experience, especially during these pandemic days.

The space is open to the public from 5pm-11pm on weekdays, and 10am-11pm on weekends. There is a maximum capacity of 20 visitors at any one time. All visitors must adhere to SOPs imposed by the government. Entry is free.

On May 8, the 'Conversation' event, featuring Pok, Souls Impact and Tan Eng Heng, will present a performance surrounding art, music and lighting.

The installation will be on display at The Godown until May 13.

More info here.

Need a piece of art? The '100 Pieces: Art For All' exhibition at Wei-Ling Contemporary might be a good place to look. Photo: Handout Need a piece of art? The '100 Pieces: Art For All' exhibition at Wei-Ling Contemporary might be a good place to look. Photo: Handout

Brighten up your walls

This month, Wei-Ling Contemporary is staging its most extensive display of artists’ works, ranging from painters, sculptors and photographers, at its gallery space at the Gardens Mall in KL.

Presenting a specially curated selection of over 100 works by established and up-coming artists.

100 Pieces: Art For All presents a platform where those who are interested in starting to collect art, can begin. The exhibition, which starts on May 1, hopes to re-evaluate the misconceptions about art collecting.

The artworks start from RM400, and the selection on the walls is diverse - there are installations and sculptures, paintings, photography and prints - with each accompanied with narratives revolving around personal identity, social relationships and different realities.

The artists featured include Anurendra Jegadeva, Chen Wei Meng, Chong Kim Chiew, Michal Macku and Yau Bee Ling.

There will be a guided tour (20 minutes) every Saturday and Sunday throughout the duration of this exhibition. The tour is limited to 10 people each session.

Exhibition ends May 12. More info here.

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