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Lostgens’ Contemporary Art Space, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 2018


My half year residency Blog :

Ever since I started my residency at the Lostgens’ Contemporary Art Space, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, I deduced that community divisions are the biggest issue here. In Malaysia there are three main communities: Malay; Chinese; and Indian. As the Lostgens’ is run by people from the Chinese community, I have had more opportunities to meet Chinese people. One day, the director of Lostgens’, Yeoh Lian Heng, invited me to go on a day trip, along with some friends of Lostgens. “Why not” I replied. In addition to many local Chinese people, one Malay man joined the trip. I talked to him a lot throughout the journey. On the way, we went to a Chinese restaurant, but he didn’t join us. Later on I heard that he couldn’t join us and eat with us due to his Muslim beliefs. I was sorry that he couldn’t join us. It made me realise how different food cultures were acting as a barrier to society here. As I think eating food together is one of the most important ways for us to understand each other, for the opening of my solo exhibition, I decided to hire the Indian Muslim chef Mamak to make food for my opening which everybody in this society would be able to eat. For the event, I designed logos signifying no pork and no beef. I had them printed them onto a tablecloth for the dinner table and onto the aprons which the chefs will use for the opening event. I hope that the works in my exhibition, and the opening itself, will encourage encounters between the many local communities here. Throughout my residency, I have had a wide range of unexpected encounters.



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