The art of reimagining Kuala Lumpur


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  • Thursday, 04 May 2017

UmieAktif which sells plush toys and tote bags by Chow Kit moms based on drawings from Chow Kit children, will be sold at Art For Grabs

INSTEAD of indulging in continuous complaints about Kuala Lumpur, the quarterly arts and activism bazaar Art For Grabs invites visitor to reimagine the city.

In collaboration with Urbanscapes, the weekend market on May 6 and 7 will present 38 curated booths, critical discussions, music and poetry performances.

Among the events lined up are a forum on Child Marriage by The G-Blog, poetry jam session by Joni Atari, celtic music performance by Faliq Auri Trio and a presentation by wise children and precocious adult candidates on their urban manifesto if they were running to be mayor of the city.

Art For Grabs founder Pang Khee Teik said this year’s second instalment of the bazaar is an invitation to Kuala Lumpur folk to reimagine their city through the eyes of artists and activists.

“Sometimes we complain there is not enough going on in Kuala Lumpur.

“And sometimes we complain there is too much. One thing is for sure, we love to complain.

“That is why we decided to do something about it instead, by getting people to find ways to make Kuala Lumpur better.

The Art For Grabs bazaar will feature talks (above), poetry jam sessions and sale of handicrafts. (Left) UmieAktif plush toys by Chow Kit mums will also be on sale at the bazaar.
The Art For Grabs bazaar will feature talks (above), poetry jam sessions and sale of handicrafts.

“We also wanted to make it an arena for timely discussions about what can we do about child marriages, how to be an ally to transgender Malaysians and how to self-organise your art collective within and without the system.

“Every booth, every forum, and every voice at Art For Grabs is an attempt to elevate the Malaysian hobby of complaining into an act of creative citizenship,” he said.

Some of the notable vendors are UmieAktif which sells plush toys and tote bags by Chow Kit mums based on drawings by Chow Kit children to make a living and Helping Hands Penan which sells crafts made by the women folk using their traditional weaving skills to support Penan children.

Visitors can also sample Nepali cuisine and learn about the community through the North South Initiative at the booth.

Art For Grabs “ReVisit Kuala Lumpur Year 2017” at Urbanscapes will take place on May 6 and 7, at 2, Urbanscapes House, 2, Jalan Hang Kasturi, City Centre, Kuala Lumpur.


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