While in the Malaysian capital this month on the occasion of Art Expo Malaysia, The Artling caught Ilham Gallery's current exhibition, ERA MAHATHIR. The exhibition features contemporaaneous and recent works by artists that contextualize and consider the 22-year period under Malaysia's fourth Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
This period between 1981 and 2003 was an era of transformation for the visual arts within Malaysia, as the country simultaneously industrialized from a primarily agrarian nation. During these years, the use of art as social commentary burgeoned within the Malaysian art scene, with works addressing subjects ranging from the effects of globalisation to rapid economic development to specific events such as the Reformasi movement in 1998.
ERA MAHATHIR features the works of Ahmad Fuad Osman, Abdul Multhalib Musa, Anurendra Jegadeva, Bayu Utomo Radjikin, Chang Yoong Chia, Chuah Chong Yong, Hamidah Abdul Rahman, Ismail Zain, Nirmala Dutt, Noor Azizan Rahman Paiman, Nur Hanim Khairuddin, Phuan Thai Meng, Rahman Roslan, Roslisham Ismail (ISE), Syed Ahmad Jamal, Tan Chin Kuan, Vincent Leong, Yee I-Lann, Zulkifli Yusoff and Five Arts Centre.
The exhibition continues until 20 November 2016 at Ilham Gallery, Levels 3 & 5, Ilham Tower, No. 8, Jalan Binjai, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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