Wednesday, March 28, 2018

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE IN FRANKFURT 2018: OPEN CALL FOR MALAYSIAN VISUAL ARTISTS






 
Kuala Lumpur and Frankfurt created a 3-month residency exchange program for young Malaysian artists. The residency of the Malaysian artist takes place in Oct, Nov and Dec 2018 with project partner Basis e.V. in the city of Frankfurt, Germany. Application deadline 1st of May 2018.
Residency information and the application form can be found at 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Encounter ~ solo exhibition by Shiro Masuyama




Shiro MASUYAMA
Encounter
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
Web : lostgenerationspace.blogspot.my
Open Hours : 13:00 - 19:00