Arts

Teenager Muhammad Syukur Khamis from a small town in Kuala Terengganu is turning out to be quite an Internet sensation in early 2019. He is known as the Kampung Boy and some have even fondly named him “Mowgli Malaysia”. Syukur’s bond with animals has captured the imagination of many photographers – both local and foreign.
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American actress Lucy Liu collects trash. Twisted bits of wire, crushed soda cans, rusty keys – at some point, she has picked them off the street with her bare hands and put them in her purse. It has got to the point where she goes to work and people automatically hand her a Ziploc bag
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If you’re ever at the Zhongshan building in Jalan Kampung Attap, Kuala Lumpur, on a weekend, an operatic aria performed from the balcony of the highest floor there is the last thing you’d expect to hear. Since last November, unassuming visitors to this three-storey independent arts hub have been treated to popular songs from operas
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As a fibre artist working with deadstock fabric and vintage tufting tools, Svetlana Shigroff has an acute appreciation for what she describes as “old-school women’s work”. “There is something so special about using your hand with these old tools,” Shigroff says of her hand-tufted tapestries. “I don’t want to become mechanised.” After working as a
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There is no shortage of pseudonyms and aliases for artists when an exhibition has strong links to the street art and graffiti scene. Ever heard of Klangblabla, Bibichun, The Sliz, Orkibal, Snaketwo, Pumoonkust and Sattama? If you haven’t, you will soon. The intersection of graffiti art and gallery-based contemporary art gets a lot of ink
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There is a quilt that has hundreds of faces of dead people stitched onto it, hung from the ceiling and almost touching the ground. This is Chang Yoong Chia’s Quilt Of The Dead, a work-in-progress that commenced in 2002 and drew from obituary photographs in newspapers. Inspired by his grandmother’s passing and the circumstances revolving
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The culmination of romantic love leads to marriage – that’s what fairy tales tell us, and dreamers want to believe. But, the road to matrimony isn’t always smooth. Kalpana Dance Theatre (KDT) is looking to shine a light on this subject. KDT in collaboration with Jabatan Kebudayaan dan Kesenian Negeri Perak and Ipoh Fine Arts
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For culture vultures, 2019 will hold a dazzling array of museum exhibitions. From London to Los Angeles and Brooklyn to Basel, there are thoughtful, sweeping, and often provocative shows to look forward to. Here, in chronological order, are some of the most exciting. Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice at the National Gallery of Art, Washington,
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The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9) is, arguably, the largest art event that represents contemporary art from the Asia Pacific region. APT9 is the flagship exhibition series in Brisbane, Australia, helmed by the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery Of Modern Art (QAGOMA). Both galleries are a stone’s throw away from each other,
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Malaysia’s first waterproof matchsticks, freshly baked bread and theatrical drama – what is the common thread here? Answer: Sabera Shaik. In her role as Lady Swettenham, she shouts, laughs, cries and draws us into the British colonial world of Malaya, with her manic depressive ravings set against sharp British humour. As Puteri Saadong, she mesmerises
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As you walk into Kuala Lumpur’s Sutra Gallery, you can practically feel a certain warmth and charm flowing in the room. Visual artist Sivarajah Natarajan’s latest solo exhibition Atma seems to get the most out of this gallery space. Each of his mixed-media works, meticulously detailed and composed, exude strong and personable characteristics. In this
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Nativity scenes that are a centuries-old Christmas tradition in Poland’s historic royal capital Krakow were granted Unesco special status recently, being added to its register of “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”. For generations, competitions for the best nativity scene have drawn artists to the southern Polish city. “This is a special moment for anyone whose heart is
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