Malaysia in the Eyes of 88 Beholders

Galeri Prima together with Curate Henry Butcher present MORPHOSIS – the stories of the country’s transformation from the perspectives of 88 local artists.

This proud nation has seen so many changes ever since it came to exist in history. From the year 1957 when Malaya gained its independence to the birth of Malaysia in 1963, the survival of this country through the union/unity of its unique multi-racial society and true democracy has set an example to the world of harmony and tolerance. This year, once again, the country has witnessed the rebirth of a ‘new’ Malaysia following the historic and remarkable 14th General Election with the country’s fourth prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad returning as the seventh head of government.

In conjunction with National Day and Malaysia Day, Galeri Prima in collaboration with Curate Henry Butcher have organised an art exhibition entitled MORPHOSIS that was officially launched on the 29th of August 2018, at Galeri Prima Balai Berita in Bangsar.

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The exhibition brings together the young and emerging and those who have already established themselves in the arts community to share their own reflections of the country through a series of artworks.

“For this is the beauty of Malaysia; it’s a manifestation of the unique characteristics of Malaysia and Malaysians, namely unity”, said Azlynn Aziz, the curator and manager of Galeri Prima.

“We would like to think that this is an exemplary exhibition to set the tone for this year’s National Day celebration under the theme ‘Sayangi Malaysiaku’, she added.

The anchor piece of the exhibition, which is estimated to sell at a million ringgit, Dirgahayu Negaraku – Susah Payahnya Membina Negara by Ismadi Salehuddin, depicts the trials and tribulations of building the country. He explains:

“Andaikata satu kayu dicabut darinya ianya akan longgar, dicabut dua ianya akan goyah, dicabut tiga maka akan terlerailah kesemua ikatan dan pautan yang ada yang akhirnya akan meruntuhkan serta menghancurkan keseluruhan struktur binaan bendera ini, dengan kata lain…Musnahlah Negara! Pupuklah rasa sayang kita padanya. Anda semua tidak perlu lagi bersusah-payah membinanya kerana ianya sudah terbina. Jagalah ia dengan sebaiknya. Hormatilah ia. Sayangilah negara kita, bernama Malaysia. Benarlah peribahasa lama, BERSATU KITA TEGUH, BERCERAI KITA ROBOH.

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In an effort to further show their gratitude and full support to the nation, the artists have also unanimously agreed to contribute 40 per cent of the proceeds from the sale of their artworks displayed at the exhibition to Tabung Harapan Malaysia.

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Present at the event were New Straits Times Press Chief Executive Officer Datuk Seri Abdul Jalil Hamid, Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil, and Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah. Later in the evening, Minister of Energy, Green Technology, Science, Climate Change, and Environment Yeo Bee Yin also arrived at the event to take a look at the artworks.

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MORPHOSIS is open for the public from 27th August  to 16th September 2018 at Galeri Prima Balai Berita Bangsar from 10am to 6pm everyday except public holidays. For more information, contact 03-2724 8300, 012-322 2081 or 016-273 3628.

Yeo Bee Yin

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Yeo Bee Yin is the current Minister of Energy, Green Technology, Science, Climate Change, and Environment cum the Member of the Malaysian Parliament (MP) for Bakri, Johor. She is also the National Assistant Publicity Secretary of the Democratic Action Party (DAP) and Vice Chairwoman of Pakatan Harapan Youth.

An engineer by training, she graduated from University Technology Petronas with a first-class honours degree in Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and University of Cambridge, UK with Commendation in MPhil. in Advanced Chemical Engineering. She was also a recipient of the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship for her post-graduate studies.

Fahmi Fadzil

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Fahmi Fadzil is the current MP for Lembah Pantai. He is also the KEADILAN Communications Director and KEADILAN Vice Youth Chief. He has served as the Political Secretary to Nurul Izzah Anwar, Lembah Pantai MP and KEADILAN Vice President from 2010 – 2013.

Fahmi has a bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering (BSChE) from Purdue University, Indiana, USA. Prior to formally joining KEADILAN in 2010, Fahmi was a writer and award-winning theatre performer, and has appeared in shows such as ‘Gol & Gincu’ and interview program The Fairly Current Show.

Maria Chin Abdullah

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Maria Chin Abdullah is the current MP for Petaling Jaya and an activist who held the Bersih rally and formed the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections 2.0. She voiced for woman rights in Malaysia and became the chairwoman of Bersih 2.0 from 2013 until 2018 and All Women Action Society (AWAM). In March 2018, she decided to leave her post in Bersih 2.0 and contest as an independent parliamentary candidate under the Pakatan Harapan banner. She won the Petaling Jaya constituency with 78,984 votes against Barisan Nasional’s Chew Hian Tat (21,847) and Gagasan Sejahtera’s Noraini Hussin (14,448).

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