59th Venice Biennale

MEDIA COVERAGE

Pera + Flora + Fauna engages with the discourse around how indigenousness and nature are affected by mainstream cultural attitudes of industrialised nations, the very nations contributing to existing environmental problems.

This leads us to question, can aesthetic thinking support the conservation and restoration of nature or indigenous rights and ways of life?

Can indigenous populations across the globe challenge the mainstream documented (art) history written by the non-indigenous? Can indigenous populations achieve the liberty to collectively claim “their own history and narratives”, antagonising the dominant discourse?

Pera + Flora + Fauna intends to address these questions drawing on different perspectives of man, nature, and their interrelation.


PRESS MATERIAL


ARTISTS

- Azizan Paiman -

Noor Azizan Rahman Paiman (b1970, Melaka) received a MA in Fine Art from Manchester Metropolitan University and a BA in Fine Art from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM). Azizan Paiman’s practice plays with social mores, politics, gender, and current events, with a focus on Malaysian contemporary life. His artworks are inspired by the rapid and intense changes that Malaysia gone through as a nation over the years. He has participated in numerous solo and group shows in Malaysia and abroad (Singapore, Japan, New York, Australia) and his work was featured as part of the Singapore Biennale 2016, the 5th Asia Pacific Triennial and 1st Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial. His work is in the permanent collections of Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan; Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, Australia; Singapore Art Museum and National Art Gallery, Malaysia.

- Kamal Sabran -

Kamal Sabran is an artist based in Ipoh Perak. His work stands at the intersection of art, science, and technology. His paintings, video art, short films, sound art, experimental music, performance art and electronic art installations have been shown at art spaces and festivals internationally. In search of ever widening means of artistic expression, Kamal constantly looks for collaborative opportunities with other artists, researchers, and scientists.

His ability to evoke a poignant sense of place and time using new media technology won him the ‘Best New Media Artist Award’ Young and Contemporary from the Malaysian National Art Gallery in 2004, Best NOKIA Music Video Director in 2006, as well as the ‘ASEAN New Media Artist Award’ from the Indonesian National Art Gallery in 2007. He was Artist-In-Residence at the National Space Agency, Malaysia in 2005. He is also the founder of an experimental music / sound art collective known as “Space Gambus Experiment” performing a combination of electro-acoustic, experimental-improvised music. Kamal is one of the directors in “15Malaysia” short film project by 15 Malaysian new wave film makers. The 80 minutes anthology version of the project made its world premiere at the Pusan International Film Festival in October 2009 and has hitherto been invited to exhibit in the Golden Horse Film Festival Taipei, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and Rotterdam International Film Festival [European Premier]. He is currently a fellow of University Science Malaysia (USM), Penang.

- KaPALLOREK ARTSPACE -

Kapallorek is an independent art space formed in 2014. It was founded by Fadly Sabran and is based in Seri Iskandar, Perak, Malaysia. It operates as a non-profit organization that serves as an alternative platform for emerging new media artists, inter-disciplinary arts, in addition to experimental artists and researchers. This is done by having exhibitions, workshops, performances, plus dialogue and sharing sessions regarding creative practices with local communities. Kapallorek also strives to have collaborative exchange with regional and international art practitioners and art spaces.

- KIM NG -

Kim Ng was born in Johor in 1965 and has resided in Ipoh, Perak, since 2000 after returning from his study in the UK. He set up his studio in Kuala Lumpur, where he currently lives and works. Kim Ng holds a position as the Head of Fine Art at Dasein Academy of Art, Kuala Lumpur, where he has been teaching and managing the department since 2002 and successfully fostered young contemporary artists in Malaysia.

As a practicing artist and educator, Kim Ng has honed his skills in multidisciplinary art in the past thirty years and has been heavily involved in the local art scene. Since 2000, he has had eight solo exhibitions with local art galleries and art spaces in Malaysia and numerous previous group exhibitions. His work has been widely collected by private individuals and corporations both within Malaysia and beyond, and he has been involved in international art workshops and artist residencies in Taiwan, Thailand, and Malaysia.  

Kim Ng graduated from London Guildhall University in the UK with a Bachelor Honours degree in Fine Arts in 1996, and furthered his training in the UK with two master’s degrees in Design and Media Arts at University of Westminster in 1997, and MA by Project from London Metropolitan University in 2002.

- PROJEK RABAK -

Projek Rabak was formed by six youth in Ipoh, Perak, in 2011. Since its initiation, the artist collective has had one goal: to celebrate arts, culture, and friendship.

Over the next few years, Projek Rabak established multiple projects: the book publishing house Rabak-Lit (2012), the art space Khizanat (2013), and the week-long arts festival ‘Ipoh Kreative’ (2015). Project Rabak focuses on nurturing young artists in contemporary art, literature, performance art, film and music.

Recent initiatives include: ‘Ipoh: City of Love’ (2018), a campaign that celebrates the local nuances of Ipoh in the form of pop culture and merchandise; and ‘Kedutaan Ipoh’ (2019), a networking space in Gudskul - Jakarta, Selatan - Indonesia, and Hiroshima - Japan.

- SAIFUL RAZMAN -

Saiful Razman (b. 1980, Malaysia) earned a bachelor’s degree in painting at Universiti Teknologi MARA in 2003. Over the years, he has explored everything from pop-inspired collages to abstract oil paintings that play with colour and patterns. His current series engages everyday objects and disposable items, such as medical gauze and tissue paper. These ordinary, everyday items are then manipulated and reinforced using polyvinyl adhesive and polycrylic to construct larger surfaces for installations and collages on canvas while retaining their physical features.

His works have been exhibited in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, Lebanon, and Bangladesh. His solo exhibitions include Future Love, Chan+Hori Contemporary, Singapore (2019), Vertical Speed, Richard Koh Fine Art @ Art Bazaar Jakarta, Indonesia (2015); Forms of Void, Richard Koh Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2013); Ereksi Jeneral, Richard Koh Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2012); and Pelan – Pelan & Bilik Gerakan, The Annexe Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2008)

Saiful Razman has also participated in numerous group shows such as the 18th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh, Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka (2018) and Art Jakarta, D’ Gallerie, Jakarta (2019); 1st Kuala Lumpur Biennale, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur (2017); The Unreal Deal: Six Decades of Malaysian Abstract Art, Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur (2017) and Beirut Art Fair, Menasart: Southeast Asia Pavilion, Richard Koh Fine Art, Beirut (2013).

He received his first major recognition as an artist in 2003, receiving an Honourable Mention at the Philip Morris Malaysian Art Awards. In 2017, he received a major award at The Young Contemporaries, a national-level competition for contemporary artists in Malaysia. In 2020, he served as an artist-in-residence at Facebook HQ Singapore. And recently he received the 2021 United Overseas Bank (UOB) Painting of the Year (Malaysia) and Southeast Asia Painting of the Year award in Singapore.

- STEFANO CAGOL -

Stefano Cagol (Trento, 1969) studied at the Brera Academy in Milan and Ryerson University in Toronto with a post-doctoral fellowship from the Government of Canada. Recipient of the Italian Council of the Italian Ministry of Culture (2019), and awards such as the Visit of E. on Stiftung, and Terna for Contemporary Art. He works in the fields of conceptual art, environmental art, eco-art, and landart, reflecting for years on topics such as borders, viruses, flags, and climate issues.

He participated in biennials such as the 55th Venice Biennale, Manifesta 11, 14th Curitiba Biennale, 2nd OFF Cairo Biennale, 1st Xinjiang Biennale, Barents Art Triennale 2013, and 1st Singapore Biennale. He did solo exhibitions at museums such as the CCA Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv (2021), MA*GA in Gallarate (2019), Galleria Civica di Trento/Mart (2016), ZKM Karlsruhe (2012), and Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (2000).