Morphosis: Telling the story of Malaysia through 88 artists

AUDREY VIJAINDREN

KUALA LUMPUR: Through Morphosis, Galeri Prima together with Curate Henry Butcher aims to tell stories of the country’s transformation in conjunction with National Day and Malaysia Day.

The story of Malaysia’s transformation, says exhibition organiser, Azlynn Aziz of Galeri Prima, is told through the perspective of 88 artists.

“It was not an easy task to get all 88 of them together – the young and emerging and those who have already established themselves in the arts community – but we managed to do it before Merdeka day.

“Their works are placed side by side throughout the gallery as that is the beauty of Malaysia; a manifestation of the unity among all races,” she said.


Present at the event at Galeri Prima Balai Berita Bangsar was New Straits Times Press chief executive officer Datuk Seri Abdul Jalil Hamid and Lembah Pantai member of parliament Fahmi Fadzil. Pic by NSTP/ AZIAH AZMEE

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

The 88 artworks feature various mediums such as acrylic, oil, watercolour and mixed media.

Present at the event at Galeri Prima Balai Berita Bangsar was New Straits Times Press chief executive officer Datuk Seri Abdul Jalil Hamid and Lembah Pantai member of parliament Fahmi Fadzil.


Pic by NSTP/HALIMATON SAADIAH SULAIMAN

Fahmi said he hoped the public would show their support for the exhibition.

“It shows a spirit of pride for our country, especially from those in the art industry. I hope the public will come to witness for themselves this wonderful array of artwork, which signifies our new Malaysia,” he said.


Pic by NSTP/ AZIAH AZMEE

The artists have agreed to contribute 40 per cent of the proceeds from the sale of their artworks displayed, some of which are priced up to RM1,000,000, to Tabung Harapan Malaysia.

Artist Ismail Sallehudin whose piece, “Dirgahayu Negaraku – Susah Payahnya Membina Negara” was the centre of attraction, said it took four months to complete his piece.

It is estimated to sell at a million ringgit.


Pic by NSTP/HALIMATON SAADIAH SULAIMAN

“I wanted to create a masterpiece for Merdeka which depicts us as a united nation. I used blocks of wood from old kampung houses to create the Malaysian flag. It a symbol of unity, regardless of race or religion, and the strength we have in each other. It takes all sorts to make us strong.”

Morphosis will be on display at Galeri Prima Balai Berita Bangsar until September 18, from 10am to 6pm. It will be open daily, except on public holidays. For more information, contact 03-2724 8300, 012-322 2081 or 016-273 3628. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd