Writing > 2008

Interview: Pendatang/Arrivals

by Gabrielle Bates

A conversation with Gabrielle Bates, published in the catalogue of my solo exhibition “Pendatang/Arrivals”.

Gabrielle Bates: Let’s start with the title of the show. I know that you struggled with finding a theme that would tie together all your concerns during this residency. Can you tell me how you came to settle on ‘Pendatang’… Read more

Writing > 2008

Review of “MATAHATI: FOR YOUR PLEASURE” exhibition. Published in Off The Edge, Nov 2008.

Matahati was formed in 1989 between a group of friends who met during their art school days at UiTM. Out of the original seven, it now consists of five… Read more

Detail of 'Plastic River' by Sharon Chin.
Exhibitions > 2008

A joint exhibition with artist Lydia Chai. We met in art school in New Zealand and became friends. I returned to Kuala Lumpur; Lydia now lives in Auckland. In this series of drawings, installations and video at 67 Tempinis Gallery, we explored ideas of distance and friendship in relation to artistic collaboration. The result was an… Read more

Pocket Seas: Batu Maung, 4:45pm – Chinese, 11.5cm x 14cm, Hand drawn map (graphite, color pencil and charcoal on paper), wooden box, hand-bound old dictionary printed with images transferred from mobile phone video.
Exhibitions > 2008

Of the many things brought along when moving to a foreign land, language is the one closest to us. It resides deeply in the body, spirit and mind. When these arrive in the new land, language arrives too. In 2008, I spent 4 months on Penang island, whose capital Georgetown, is one of Malaysia’s three… Read more

Writing > 2008

Essay published in the catalogue of Liew Kwai Fei’s solo exhibition “The Rhythm of Doing”.

Each day of our lives, we perform hundreds of little tasks – we take a shower, go to work, arrange meetings, negotiate contracts, harvest food, mop floors… Read more