Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Encounter ~ solo exhibition by Shiro Masuyama

Sat 24th  – Thu 29th Mar 2018
Opening Reception with FREE FOOD : Sat 24th Mar 19:00 -
Closing Talk Event : Thu 29th Mar 20:00 -

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 ran 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 table cloth 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.

Lostgens’ Contemporary Art Space
8, Jalan Panggong, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Open Hours : 13:00 - 19:00

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Residency artist talk by Shiro Masuyama

Artist Talk by Shiro Masuyama

Date: 7 March 2018
Time : 8:00 pm

Shiro Masuyama is an international resident artist in Lostgens’ Contemporary Art Space with the long term fellowship of The Japan Foundation Asia Center. During his residency in Lostgens’ until 31rd March, he is going to develop his new ideas with responding to the environment of the Lostgens’ and Kuala Lumpur. In his talk event he will introduce himself with showing his previous activities.

He is originally from Japan. He was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1971. He lived in Berlin, Germany from 2004 for 6 years. And he has been based in Belfast, Northern Ireland since 2010. Since 2013 he has become a studio holder and co-director of Flax Art Studios, Belfast. He has studied architecture to masters degree level and his art projects therefore have been influenced by this, and mainly manifest as site-specific interventions.

Over the last 16 years Shiro has developed his professional practice through participating in a diverse range of artist residencies worldwide including Millennium Court Arts Centre, Northern Ireland (2014-2015) ; MMCA - National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, South Korea (2008); IMMA – Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (2006) ; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (2004-2005) ; ISCP – International Studios & Curatorial Programme, New York, USA (2002-2003).

He is driven by a fascination and desire to develop art works in relation to how he can survive, communicate and make art outside Japan. Having settled in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 2010, Shiro’s practice has become far more exposed to Irish / British (Northern Irish) culture and society. His practice has become more performative in response to his need to understand his physical living environment.

Residency project support by Asia Center / Japan Foundation

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Oh! ‘Rupanya’ Cinta Itu Bunga. Solidarity Festival, Art, Artivism, Collectivism.

Oh! ‘Rupanya’ Cinta Itu Bunga. Solidarity Festival,
Art, Artivism, Collectivism.
Lostgens & Moutou
Jalan Panggung
3 March - 18 March