August Culture Run – Malaysian Art For Grabs – Lost and Found Literally From KL To Georgetown…

August Culture Run – Malaysian Art For Grabs – Lost and Found Literally From KL To Georgetown…

In more of our efforts for shameless patriotism and multi culturism, this month’s Culture Run already is all about Malaysian creative endeavours! Local artists, renowned directors, relocated Arts for Grabs and artisans get on with showcasing their best works, and yes you can take them home!


1) Art Exhibition title:            刻舟求剑 – Pulau Melayu – Lost and Found

刻舟求剑 – Pulau Melayu – Lost and Found is a contemporary art exhibition in KL that one shouldn’t miss because it shows the audience how exuberant and lively local art can be. The exhibition features recent art works by 4 cross disciplinary Malaysian artists: Chong Kim Chiew, Liew Kwai Fei, Low Yi Chin and Minstrel Kuik Ching Chieh, whose work include painting, printmaking, photography, installation, video and writing.

It is less exciting to define the meaning of contemporary art in Malaysia than to make it happen. By doing so, the four artists took the initiative to group and work together, guiding by their admiration and respect for individual artistic practice. Despite doubts, delays and distractions in between times, the clarity and inspiration of making art have finally come to rendezvous. The group exhibition aims to connect with its audience through a rich, emotive and layered perspective developed by each artist along the years, in co-related topics engendered by local contexts existing in the Malaysian society.

hibiscusminstrel hibiscus by Minstrel Kuik




thelostmap The Lost Map by Low Yi Chin


The Fluidity Boundary by Chong Kim Chiew

Due to the quota system implanted by the ethnic policy in Malaysia, the four Malaysian artists who were born in the 70’s of the last century were either trained in local private colleges or/and overseas during their tertiary education. Their diverse educational background and hybrid experiences are later transformed into a personal and unique visual language in their artistic expression in order to resist nation building and to participate actively in the transformation of the society.

The group exhibition “刻舟求剑 – Pulau Melayu – Lost and Found” is self-curated and will be showing at Lostgens’, an independent art space which has been fighting for free expression, coexistence of ethnicity, social and cultural values in Malaysia. By doing so, the artists wish to create more in-depth dialogue that is vital to nurture the pluralism, not simply in the local art scene, but also in our country.



Venue:                        Lostgens’, 8c, Jalan Panggong, Petaling Street.
Date:                             2nd -30th August, 20

Operating Hours:            1pm – 6pm, Monday – Sunday

Activity:                        Artist Talk, 16th Aug (Saturday), 2pm – 4pm


Low Yi Chin                            

Chong Kim Chiew                 

Minstrel Kuik Ching Chieh  

Liew Kwai Fei                         





15th to 16th August 2014
FOR EVERYONE: This Art For Grabs is called Angkatan Wanita Kreatif, but darling, creativity is certainly not for women only. We may have a focus on women in our events but we have lots of booths by participants of all manner of gender expressions. We celebrate women & creativity with the men, the women and the ones who refused to be boxed in by gender roles. This is the space for all of us who love to express ourselves, who yearn to be free from social constraints, and who dare to be creative. We are all a part of the Angkatan.The brush is mightier than the steering lock!Art For Grabs, Sisters In Islam and The School by Jaya One are joining forces to celebrate women and creativity. Everyone who is not afraid of creative women, grrl power, equality, and unchained gender expression, is welcome to join us.Art For Grabs, the Klang Valley’s most happening art bazaar cum mini arts fest, features over 50 booths of homemade art, crafts, cookies, writing, and anything weird Malaysians can dream up. We also sponsor booths for our favourite local causes so everyone may know where to go to make Malaysia a better place. This time there are 12 of them, including Shu Ruei’s interactive community art installation ‘Fruit in Kind’, that collects fresh fruit as in-kind donations to give to charity homes. So, bring a fruit or two!Art For Grabs is not complete without our back-to-back events. Check out our book launches with up and coming writers, forums with intellectuals, dialogues with celebrities, theatre with award-winning scripts, and many more!PLEASE NOTE: Art For Grabs is NOT at The Annexe Gallery. It is now hosted by our venue sponsor, The School, Jaya One, Petaling Jaya this time. Art For Grabs is presented by The Special Bunch (Pang + Lee Kwang + Tsu Chong). We are Advocating Arts-Activism Alliance!Full event details go to:
Note: Venue Address: No. 72A, Jalan Universiti, 46200 Petaling Jaya!

3) Komedi “stand up ” Melayu – ‘bukan nak kata apa…”

Komedi Melayu

4) Hai Kin Xi Lor – at Georgetown Festival


Hai Ki Xin Lor (You Mean The World To Me)

“At the end of the day, all roads lead home…”
28-31 August 2014, 8:30pm at Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi

An almost autobiography, HAI KI XIN LOR (You Mean The World To Me) is the illuminating story of Sunny, a filmmaker who, haunted by a childhood incident, makes a film about his family without their knowledge. Written, produced and directed by Saw Teong Hin, this original Penang Hokkien play will be the closing event for George Town Festival 2014.


Spanning two generations of a Penang family, HAI KI XIN LOR presented in the lilting Penang Hokkien patois, is a unique production that features an ambitious staging inspired by the Hungry Ghost festival stages with an innovative story-telling approach to an illuminating story of family, love and forgiveness.

With English and Mandarin surtitles, HAI KI XIN LOR will be staged from 28th – 31st August  2014 at the atmospheric century old clan building complex, the Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi. Utilising a stellar cast from Penang, Melaka and Singapore, HAI KI XIN LOR features popular actors Neo Swee Lin, Chelsia Ng and Frederick Lee.

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