Pendatang: A Conversation about You, Me and Other Migrants
Sat, 11 March 2017

3 – 5PM, ILHAM Gallery

In conjunction with ‘Afterwork‘ exhibition, artist Sharon Chin will be speaking at the gallery at an event entitled ‘Pendatang: A Conversation About You, Me and Other Migrants’. This session includes a special presentation by Tenaganita and will be moderated by Goh Sze Ying, curator and writer.

Sharon Chin will briefly speak about Pocket Seas (2008), her installation featuring old dictionaries found at second-hand bookstores in Penang, which is currently part of ‘Afterwork’. She will also share works by fellow Malaysian artists which examine the subject, including:

Hasanul Isyraf Idris – ‘Kakrol’ zine (2015)
Okui Lala – ‘As If, Home’ with Mostofa Kamal (2015)
Minstrel Kuik – Photos from Kajang 2014 – 2016
KG Krishnan – ‘Home’ (2014)
SowYee Au – ‘Pak Tai Foto’ (2015)

Katrina Jorene Maliamauv from Tenaganita will then speak about the organization’s vital work protecting and promoting the rights of women, migrants and refugees in Malaysia since 1991.

Artist talk will end with a discussion and Q&A with Sharon, Katrina and Sze.

Books and t-shirts from Tenaganita will be available for sale, all proceeds to benefit their shelter for trafficked persons.


About Sharon Chin:
Sharon Chin (b. 1980) lives and works in Malaysia. She works across a variety of media to address environmental and political issues, from hanging a suite of sails across an embassy lobby, and listening to strangers’ hearts on the streets of Sydney to being tear-gassed while wearing a costume of yellow flowers. Her art has been shown at home and abroad, at institutions like the National Visual Arts Gallery, Galeri PETRONAS, Singapore Art Museum, Queensland Art Gallery and Incheon Culture and Arts Center, Korea. (www.sharonchin.com)


About Katrina Jorene Maliamauv and Tenaganita:
Katrina Jorene Maliamauv is a human rights activist from Malaysia, who has worked for the past nine years upholding and defending the rights and dignity of migrants, refugees and persons in various forms of slavery. She advocates for and intervenes on labour rights, arrest and detention, gender-based violence, and an intersectionality of issues and rights.

Tenaganita is a Malaysian human rights organisation dedicated in assisting, building, advocating and protecting migrants, refugees, women and children from exploitation, abuse, discrimination, slavery and human trafficking. They seek to promote and protect the rights of marginalised and vulnerable individuals who have no voice in this globalised world. (http://www.tenaganita.net/)


About Sze Y Goh:
Sze Y Goh (b. 1983) is interested in artistic practices that articulate and contest our ideas of what is ‘public’. This year, she is doing curatorial work and research. Sze is currently based in Singapore.