Invisible Border: Zai Kuning and Azizan Paiman
5 Nov 2022, 4-8pm
Performances by the artists:
5 Nov 2022, 5pm
Of late, Zai Kuning (b. 1964, Singapore) has been reflecting on the lamentation of the Orang Laut. Societal developments have created external circumstances beyond their control, causing them to lose their homes. Zai vividly remembers a line that they said to him: "What we have are rivers, mud, stones, sand, earth and trees, but what they see is gold." This inspired the installation piece presented in this exhibition, where hundreds of pieces of hand-made clay bowls coated with gold paint and gold leaf are placed atop a black surface, appearing as though they are floating.
Azizan Paiman (b. 1970, Malaysia) considers himself a 'back dated reporter' and a 'memory keeper' – his practice plays with social mores, politics, and current events with a focus on Malaysian contemporary life. Paiman presents his most recent series of drawings, Souvenir (2022), in this show. Conceptually, the word ‘souvenir’ refers to something that is kept in reminder of a person, place, or event – Paiman’s Souvenir consists of drawings filled with caricature, humour and important stories on socio-political events as described by him.
Ota Fine Arts Singapore invites all to experience the unique views of Zai Kuning and Azizan Paiman through their works presented in this exhibition.
Zai KuningWhat we have are rivers, mud, stones, sand, earth and trees, but what they see is gold, 2022Acrylic and gold leaf on paper clay, wooden panel, single channel videoDimensions variable
Azizan PaimanSouvenir, 2022Watercolor on paper15.5 x 25 cm
Azizan PaimanSouvenir, 2022Watercolor on paper29.5 x 42 cm
Azizan PaimanXXXXXX, CEKAP & AMANAH, 2012Oil on canvas122 x 92 cm
Azizan PaimanWild World, 1997Oil on canvas121.9 x 121.9 cm
Azizan PaimanThe Toasted Bread X, N, 2015Mixed media on compressed handmade paper13 x 15 cm
Azizan PaimanThe Toasted Bread VI, TR, 2015Mixed media on compressed handmade paper13 x 15 cm