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Monday August 10, 2009

Project documents works by female artists from two generations

Galeri Chandan displaying an art project appropriately named Thou Art Women (Kau Wanita Seni), featuring the work of local female artists from two generations.

The showcase will then be documented and the artists will be profiled for archival purposes, a resource which will then be made available to the public.

`Anak Desa¿: A pastel on canvas piece by Hamidah Suhaimi which projects feelings that one would be aware of just by looking at the visage.

The first part is an art exhibition entitled Vignettes of Early History that highlights key artists from the 1960s and their objets d’art, expressed in their own respective styles.

The event was recently launched by Datin Seri Raihan Abdul Rahman, who said the initiative was a step in the right direction towards liberating female artists.

The artists who are taking part in the exhibition include Sivam Selvaratnam, Renee Krall, Faridah Yusuf, Fatimah Chik, Hamidah Suhaimi, Ham Rabeah Kamarun, IIse Noor, Kalsom Muda, Khatijah Sanusi, Maryam Abdullah, Norma Abbas, Ruzaiki Omar Basaree, Sharifah Zuriah Aljeffri, Siti Zainon Ismail, Slyvia Lee Goh and Wairah Marzuki.

“These are the top female artists around. They are the pioneers who have created a name for themselves in a domain of men and this is a celebration of their work,” National Art Gallery chairman Datuk Azim Zahidi explained.

Formation Series: Faridah Yusoff (left), who created these porcelain figures, explaining the meaning of her art to Datin Seri Raihan Abdul Rahman.

All the artists have their own distinct style and their own way of expressing themselves.

“Whether it is abstract, realism, etching, painting, oil on canvas, acrylic, stoneware or porcelain, the pieces showcase unique styles and techniques.

“This is the first time an art project of this kind is being executed in Malaysia and we are doing this launch to tell the world that we are committed and serious,” said Galeri Chandan manager Faizah Elis, who is one of the brains behind the project.

The exhibition is being held at Galeri Chandan in Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, until Aug 12.

All the documented materials will be presented to the public through the website before they are published as a complete unit in a special volume.