Breath of fresh art in celebration of diversity

IN CONJUNCTION with International Women’s Day (IWD), Maybank is hosting its third Women Artists Exhibition series titled RRRAWRRR! 2021: Nafas - Maybank’s Emerging Women Artists Exhibition.

The Nafas exhibition is the first Maybank Women Artists series to be showcased in a virtual gallery space, following the launch of the Maybank Virtual Art Gallery @ Balai Seni last year.

‘All Purpose Flower’ by Nadirah Zakariya and ‘Fibre and Textile’ by Hanisah Johari (below) are among the works showcased in the Nafas exhibition.‘All Purpose Flower’ by Nadirah Zakariya and ‘Fibre and Textile’ by Hanisah Johari (below) are among the works showcased in the Nafas exhibition.

Serenaded by soothing music, visitors will get to experience 27 works by 20 female artists who are well-versed in various mediums.

The artworks focus on subject matters that highlight the qualities of creative women, with inspirational and vibrant perspectives on their worldview.

They also provide an immersive contemporary artistic experience and offer a journey to the frontier of Malaysia’s art scene.

The exhibition is part of Maybank’s commitment in celebrating diversity, as well as the advancements of women and the interpretation of fine arts through the eyes of female artists.

Maybank chief sustainability officer Shahril Azuar Jimin said Nafas referred to the unique rhythms of life that are filled with enjoyment and challenges.

“It is about having a sense of freedom to creatively express and embrace new opportunities in these changing times, regardless of gender.

“We hope that viewers will be left in awe when they visit this exhibition, as they will experience a new breath of art showcased by these amazing emerging female artists.

“This exhibition correlates with this year’s IWD theme, #choosetochallenge, as each artwork challenges the creative abilities of the artists.

“We are honoured to be in the presence of such creative individuals who have come forward to express their views through such amazing works of art, depicting the power of women.

“This exhibition also reaffirms Maybank’s commitment to supporting the advancement of women, which is an integral part of our mission in humanising financing services, ” added Shahril.

He said the Nafas exhibition was one of many events organised by Maybank in conjunction with IWD 2021.

Participating artists are Aishah Mokhtar, Balqis Tajali, Alicia Lau, Dipali Gupta, Eleanor Goroh, Esha Hashim, Hanisah Johari, Intan Rafiza, Kok Siew Wai, Leong How Yi, Lisa Foo, Mesita Jee, Nadirah Zakariya, Nawwar Shukirah Ali, Okui, Ayu and Desi, Pamela Tan Poh Sin, Sonia Luhong, Tiong Chai Heing, Eryn and Xiang Yi Wong.

The exhibition is curated by Suzy Sulaiman, who has a vast experience in the local and regional art scenes.

Aishah said: “It is a beautiful thing to see what women can do despite our everyday roles dictated by society.

“We managed to create something sincere from our hearts and somehow those creations have resonated with almost everyone.”Video artist Kok Siew Wa said art was a way to self-knowledge and discovery.

“To understand oneself is the first step to be taken in order to understand humanity at large, ” she said.

Some of the artworks on display are up for sale, with 20% of proceeds to be channelled to various charitable organisations.

Visitors who wish to experience the Nafas exhibition as well as other virtual exhibitions can visit

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