Nirmala Dutt (1941 - 2016) passed away peacefully on 5th December 2016. She was looking forward very much to the opening of this exhibition that was planned more than a year ago. We wish to pay tribute to her courage and artistic vision. May it inspire future artists to follow her footsteps, to always seek out new aesthetic horizons and to always lend one’s voice to the voiceless.
OUR ArtProjects opens a new gallery space
in Kampung Attap, Kuala Lumpur,
with a solo exhibition by Nirmala Dutt
- GREAT LEAP FORWARD.
After more than a year of planning, OUR ArtProjects is delighted to announce the opening of our very own gallery space in January 2017. We are now more than just a project platform and art consultancy. Having a physical space means that OUR ArtProjects is committed to a regular exhibition programme that actively participates in Kuala Lumpur’s increasingly lively art scene.
‘We are excited to be showing Nirmala Dutt as the opening show of our new space,’ says gallery directors Liza Ho and Snow Ng. ‘She is really one of our pioneering contemporary artists to explore the role of artist as a social commentator. Moreover, her artistic concerns also mirror what we recognise as art that inspires us to think critically about the world, about the country and about our society.’
The inaugural show will focus on Nirmala Dutt’s practice in the 1990s, where she cast a critical eye on the cost of progress under then Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s ambition to turn Malaysia into a developed nation by 2020. Her works from this period often incorporate indigenous motifs and newspaper clippings, which bring our attention to those who are left behind in Malaysia’s relentless pursuit for economic modernisation. These issues range from the construction of Bakun hydroelectric dam and the displacement of the native population to environmental cost resulting from illegal logging.
Playing to the strength of our existing networks and experiences, OUR ArtProjects focus on identifying important practices in Malaysian art as well as producing compelling and engaging exhibitions. OUR ArtProjects is also able to provide research and advice on collecting art, commissioning artworks, as well as developing various art projects.
The new gallery will be located in a row of restored c.1950s interconnected shophouses on Jalan Rotan, Kampung Attap, Kuala Lumpur that once housed the Selangor Zhongshan Association, among other merchants. OUR ArtProjects is also involved in helping transform the row of shophouses into a creative hub with the support of a grant from Think City, a community-focused urban regeneration organisation. Neighbouring tenants will include Malaysia Design Archive, The Ricecooker Archives, Tandang Records, Bogus Merchandise, Artist Studio, Reading Library by Amateur Collective and many others.
NIRMALA DUTT: GREAT LEAP FORWARD runs from
7th – 27th January 2017 at
OUR ArtProjects @ The Zhongshan Building
No.80 Jalan Rotan, Off Jalan Kampung Attap
50460 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening hours are Monday – Saturday 11:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday by appointment; Closed public holidays
Admission is free.
Supported by THINK CITY
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