Weekend for the arts: Artober hotel art fair, the Klang River Festival


A general view of Core Design Gallery's pop-up exhibition space at the CIMB Artober Hotel Art Fair at Element Kuala Lumpur, Ilham Tower in KL. Photo: Core Design Gallery

CIMB ARTOBER HOTEL ART FAIR

Venue: Element Kuala Lumpur, Ilham Tower, KL

Date: Nov 25-27

Art lovers in KL can look forward to the second edition of this hotel art fair, which will feature 12 local art galleries. It is one of the anchor events for the CIMB Artober celebrations. Each gallery will be tasked to turn the guest suites and hotel rooms (including bathrooms) into pop-up galleries.

Young Malaysian art is set to highlight this walk-in free admission art fair, with galleries such as Zhan Art Space rolling out a showcase of 70 artworks from six different artists (Alya Hatta and Leily Moghtader Mojdehi, Fariza Basri, Haris Rashid, oodplex and Peisy Ting). A+ Works Of Art gallery is hosting two exhibitions: a solo exhibition Mati Di Dalam Bilik by Wiyoga Mihurdanto is the highlight as it discusses the politics of immigration, labour and welfare in Malaysia, while not to be missed is a group exhibition featuring names such as Alvin Lau, Au Sow Yee, Chan Kok Hooi, Ezzam Rahman, Isola Tong, Izat Arif, Jon Chan, Tan Zi Hao, Tin and Theyvapaalan S. Jayaratnam, and others.

Suma Orientalis will be presenting The Enchanted Room group exhibit, with an appearance by the Shaman Tearoom, led by Aiwei Foo and Kent Lee. On Nov 26 and 27, the multi-disciplinary art duo will perform live sets that integrate contemporary art, tea, sound art and sensory experiences. Other galleries participating include Taksu KL, Artas Galeri, Core Design Gallery, G13 Gallery, Cult Gallery, Hom Art Trans, Segaris Art Center, Art WeMe and La Galerie Du Monde.

Heritage and culture will also be represented with exhibitions by Mah Meri Cultural Village, Tanoti and the CIMB Foundation. Opening time: 11am to 7pm.

More info here.

Artist Syarifah Nadhirah returns with a month-long solo exhibition 'Measures Of Seeds' at the Rimbu Ilmu space in Universiti Malaya, KL. Photo: Nurul Huda Artist Syarifah Nadhirah returns with a month-long solo exhibition 'Measures Of Seeds' at the Rimbu Ilmu space in Universiti Malaya, KL. Photo: Nurul Huda

SYARIFAH NADHIRAH’S MEASURE OF SEEDS

Venue: Rimba Ilmu, Universiti Malaya, KL

Date: Nov 26 to Dec 25

Visual artist and writer Syarifah Nadhirah will be exhibiting her latest works Measure Of Seeds at the leafy Rimba Ilmu space in Universiti Malaya. It is a mini showcase featuring a five-part etching series, sewn installation and a collection of curiosities.

Measure Of Seeds is an ecological pursuit to understand the ephemerality and transformation of our fragile landscape, attempting to recollect the geographical history of plantations in Malaya, whilst exploring the idea of plant migration across continents. As humans travel, so does nature,” reads the exhibit’s description.

Syarifah will deconstruct her work(s) in progress, including an interplay of materials, collected specimens and ink. In December 2020, she also released her book Recalling Forgotten Tastes: Of Illustrated Edible Plants, Food And Memories. The month-long Measure Of Seeds exhibition, in collaboration with Rimba Ilmu and supported by Cendana, is open Tuesday to Thursday (11am to 4pm) and weekends (11am to 5pm). Free admission.

More info here.

A view from under the bridge that connects Old Klang Road to the New Pantai Expressway (NPE). A light projection series 'Dari Lumpur Ke Laut' designed by Sans Collective will be installed at this location during the festival. Photo: Klang River FestivalA view from under the bridge that connects Old Klang Road to the New Pantai Expressway (NPE). A light projection series 'Dari Lumpur Ke Laut' designed by Sans Collective will be installed at this location during the festival. Photo: Klang River Festival

KLANG RIVER FESTIVAL

Venue: Various venues in KL/Selangor

Date: Nov 25 to Dec 4

The inaugural Klang River Festival (KRF) 2022 is an open festival that aims to facilitate public discourse and knowledge-sharing about heritage, culture, and identity. The KRF's activities will comprise various artistic forms, including visual art exhibitions, dialogue sessions (with scholars, researchers and members of public), arts performances, workshops, installations, music, curated arts markets, heritage walks and film screenings.

"The festival highlights the (Klang) river's importance as a source of transportation, fresh water, food, and religious rituals while acknowledging its transient and ever-changing nature, as well as the way the communities that have sprung up along the waterway and its tributaries have been shaped and changed by them and vice versa," reads the festival notes.

Locations for the festival include KongsiKL, Oriental Art And Cultural Center (OACC), Kampung Hokkien (Old Klang Road), The Godown, REXKL, Muzium Telekom and more.

Free admission festival. Tip: head to the KRF website and map out the programmes, events and exhibitions you want to catch. It is a 10-day festival and you are bound to return more than once.

More info here.

A portrait work from Ken Buslay (Germany), which is being exhibited at the Kuala Lumpur Photography Awards (KLPA) 2022 finalists exhibition at the Temu House in Petaling Jaya. Photo: KLPAA portrait work from Ken Buslay (Germany), which is being exhibited at the Kuala Lumpur Photography Awards (KLPA) 2022 finalists exhibition at the Temu House in Petaling Jaya. Photo: KLPA

KLPA 2022: PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

Venue: Temu House, Petaling Jaya

Date: ends Jan 1

If you missed the Kuala Lumpur Photography Awards (KLPA) 2022 finalists exhibition in September in downtown KL, then you’re in luck! Temu House will be hosting the same exhibition of 34 finalists at its intimate space in Petaling Jaya, through the weekends from now until Jan 1.

This second showing now gives viewers in the Petaling Jaya area the opportunity to enjoy the competition’s theme of humans and humanity from various perspectives.

Visitors can drop by during weekends, 10am - 5pm to check out the exhibition. Free admission.

More info here.

INYALA 2022 BEYOND LIGHT

Venue: Fahrenheit88, KL

Date: Nov 26 to Dec 25

Are you ready to step into a world of cubes, symmetrical shapes and glowing pixels in the heart of Kuala Lumpur this weekend? The iNYALA digital art exhibition promises all that and more. This month-long new media art exhibition, put together by digital and music artists, architects, engineers and students, is set to give the Fahrenheit88 mall a futuristic ambience this festive season.

INYALA features 17 art installations in LED display cubes that will give visitors a look at how art, technology and data can be merged for mainstream awe and entertainment. The mediums for iNYALA 2022 include new media art, generative art, fractal art and more. Artist-architect Jun Ong has designed the exhibition space, which promises an immersive experience for the masses.

The iNyala open call participants include Blankmalaysia, Rufiyan Ramli, Sadthna Sargamm Sathi, Ammar Hazman, Theeran Rajamokan, Irfan Jamil, OneShot Production, Undefined Production, Iwani Muhammad Izhan, Nur Farahhani Azwa Rosli, MMUTB, Muhammad Aqil Mohamad Rozaidi and Artistic Gang.

Free admission event.

More info here.

DREAM OF THE DAY

Venue: Ilham Gallery, KL

Date: Nov 29 to May 14, 2023

Here’s a show to keep in mind. Ilham Gallery’s new exhibition Dream Of The Day opens next Tuesday. The exhibition title draws from the 1965 manifesto of the Philippine-born artist David Medalla, well regarded for his long-lasting influence in the British and global contemporary art scene since the 1960s.

His work, as well as those of 38 other artists from the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Vietnam, Myanmar, Egypt, and Malaysia are included in this exhibition, which explores a range of media, genres and sensibilities – from surrealism, slow cinema and trans-performance, to photography and feminist painting. The exhibition is curated by Patrick Flores.

More info here.

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