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2013

Mixed media, screen print, and acrylic on canvas

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Dimensions: 122cm (H) x 183cm (W) / 48" (H) x 72" (W)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

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Medium: Mixed Media, Screenprint and Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 122cm x 183cm
Year: 2013

Rukunegara Voice 1 was produced subsequent to his 13th solo series, Negaraku, which was presented at Balai Seni Lukis in 2010. On the whole, Negaraku can be viewed as a visual accumulation of Zulkifli’s interrogations into particular aspects of Malaysia’s history; most notably Tun Razak’s response to the economic issues brought about by the worldwide recession of 1973-1975. It is of note that Zulkifli does not simply retell the events of the period, but rather uses his artistic practice as a way to understand past events and their impact on the present and future, while making this information accessible for audiences who were not present or have no recollection of the events of 1973-1975. He begins thinking through the Green Book initiative, which encouraged agricultural initiatives within Malaysian society, not just on industrial levels but also for individual families as a way to increase self-reliance and combat issue brought about from the recession. Zulkifli presents visual clues in the form of imagery, such as small animals, and printed excerpts, thus infusing these mixed media works with the concepts on which he ruminates.

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Artist Profile

Born: 1962

Hometown: Kedah

Based in: Kuala Lumpur

Enriching historical understanding through art is a conceptual hallmark of Zulkifli Yusoff’s practice. With a portfolio that consists of two-dimensional mixed media work, painting, sculpture and installation, he consistently seeks ways through which his art might encourage interrogations of personal and collective histories amongst wider audiences. Zulkifli’s position in the Malaysian art canon is well renowned. Critical success came early in his career, and from a young age he has been the recipient of several major art awards. In both 1988 and 1989 he was presented with the Major Award for Young Contemporaries at the National Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur and in 1992 he gathered three prizes at the third Salon, the Grand Minister’s Prize, Major Award and Consolation Prize for sculpture and also won an Honourable Mention in Painting in 1995 at the Philip Morris Awards. Additionally, he frequently exhibits at important international exhibitions, most notably the Venice Biennale in 1997 and again this year, 2019.

His works have also been presented at the Biennale of Visual Arts in Seychelles, the Fukuoka Asian Art Exhibition in Japan, Immunity 11 show at Art Space, Sydney and the First Asia-Pacific Triennale in Brisbane, Australia. Major international institutions, including the Fukuoka Museum of Art and Hiroshima Art Museum in Japan and the Singapore Art Museum and Gallery, as well as local institutions such as Bank Negara Malaysia and the Kedah State Gallery, collect his work.


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