Malaysian Artists Explore Japanese Culture Through Hybrid Exhibition

What does the relationship between Malaysia and Japan look like in visual arts, moving images, performance, music and literature?

Kaleidoscope Japan: online exhibition, which begins today, features the work of 13 Malaysian artists who reflect on their observations and hopes around Japan and its relationship with Malaysia, from a social and cultural perspective, as well as the political and economic climate.

It is organized by The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur.

This month-long exhibition (March 28-April 24) is a hybrid presentation, including online and physical events.

It was supposed to be presented online, but with the recent easing of pandemic restrictions, new elements have been added to the exhibition.

AutoCAD drawing by Sabah-based contemporary artist Harold Egn Eswar, ‘Dari Pagalan Ke Motoyasu’. Photo: JFKL

In the online Obento Lunch Tour (featuring non-video works) and Oshaberi Supper Tour (video work), visitors can delve into the inspiration behind the work and explore each artist’s story. This series of events will take place online (Zoom and Facebook Live on the JFKL and Kaleidoscope Japan Facebook page).

Physical events include a 12-hour performance by Tung Jit Yang, Bryan Chang and Arief Hamizan at KongsiKL, starting April 16. EveryThoughtI’veEverHad: Contemplating the Origin of the Sunit will also be a virtual event on Twitch.

A screenshot of the video work A screenshot of Roopesh Sitharan and Katsuyuki Hattori’s “Bertemu Sogu” video work. Photo: JFKL

Each week will see different events and discussions around the theme of the exhibition, starting with Week 1: Pandang Ke Mana?, followed by Week 2: Identity, Week 3: Myth and Phenomenon, and Week 4: Memory spatial.

The other participating artists are Azzad Diah, Blankmalaysia, Dhan Illiani Yusof, Harold Reagan Eswar (Egn), Jun Ong, Katsuyuki Hattori, Linus Chung, Ridhwan Saidi, Roopesh Sitharan, Wong Xiang Yi and Yvonne Tan, as well as ANGQASA, a group of music project by Alvin Seah that explores ambient and post-rock soundscapes, and the multidisciplinary art collective Shaman Tearoom (Aiwei Foo and Kent Lee).

The exhibition is curated by Low Pey Sien. Trained as an architect, she organized Di Situ: an exhibition in 2021 as part of the Curatorial Workshop 2020 organized by The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur.

More info here.

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