Catch the talk on Malaysian contemporary art at Unimas June 20

KUCHING: For those interested in Malaysian contemporary art,  Shireen Naziree, an independent curator and art historian will be giving a talk at the Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts, University Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) June 20 from 9.30am to 11.30am.


Organised by Petronas and Unimas, the lecture is divided into four segments: Changing Phases: Imaging South East Asia, Changing Phases Relative Spaces, Convergence: Allegories of the Malaysian Landscape, and Convergence: Art and the Corporation. No pre-registration is required and there are no entrance fees.


Shireen has curated many exhibitions and written extensively on both traditional and contemporary art practices of the region, with particular focus on Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. She has also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Visual Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.


The first segment will be on Malaysian Contemporary art practice filled with diversities and complexities that relate directly to the hybrid nature of Malaysia’s cultural history and importantly to the country’s historical relationship with her Asean neighbors.


The second segment celebrates Malaysian Modern History through the Petronas Art Collection Art frames and discusses both critical and social practice; and questions of aesthetics, emotions, authenticity and human experience, aspects of which are dependent on this framing to communicate meaning inscribed within the history of Malaysian art practice over the past five decades.


The third segment will emphasize on the convergence of allegories in the Malaysian landscape; landscape metaphors, the present intellectual environment in Malaysia occupies a compressed space; one where the roots of history and of the present are inextricably intertwined and where the glimpses of that distance are echoed through attitudes and traditions that have persisted from the past to the present, through the works of contemporary artists depicted landscape through a variety of expressionisms and media.


The final segment highlights the convergence of art and the corporation. As the late Tunku Abdul Rahman said during his opening speech of the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur on August 27, 1958, “Art expresses and reflects the spirit and personality of the people who make a nation.” This segment describes the entrepreneurial spirit of the 1990s and the economic growth that followed.


Shireen is also the curator for PERTUMPUAN: Senusa Sejiwa exhibition which will be launched at the Sarawak Art Museum on June 19 at 10am by Puan Sri Dato Jamilah Anu. The exhibition will conclude August 24.


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