Immerse yourself in art exhibition “DALAM” from Dec 9-18

Contemporary art exhibition “DALAM” will be held from Dec 9-18, 2022 at Think&Tink, Kuching, starting from 12pm to 7pm.

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KUCHING, Dec 5: Local social enterprise and cultural initiative Catama Borneo will be hosting a 10-day contemporary art exhibition titled “DALAM” from Dec 9-18, 2022.

In a press statement, Catama’s creative director, and the exhibition’s curator Catriona Maddocks said the exhibition will feature work of artists, craft artisans, musicians and cultural practitioners from Sarawak, Sabah, Kalimantan and Brunei as well as West Malaysia, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Running alongside the 10-day exhibition, will be a series of in-person talks, dialogues and artist tours, during which members of the public will have the opportunity to meet some of the 14 featured artists and collectives and discuss their work and inspiration with them.

“This exhibition explores themes of identity, craft and the inner world; the ‘dalam’ and the ‘alam’ that we create, expressed through audio visual storytelling, woven craft installations, textile art and spatial documentation,” Maddocks said.

A 4-metre tall installation titled ‘Cascading Tikar’ will be featured in the exhibition. The mats were created by weavers from Rumah Perdu community in Betong. Photo credit: Catama

Collaboratively produced with Borneo Bengkel, the exhibition will also feature their “Sem/bunyi” exhibition which was recently premiered at George Town Literary Festival in Penang to much acclaim.

Featured exhibits include a four-metre tall installation made from 100 woven mats created by artisans from the Iban community of Rumah Perdu, in Ulu Spak, alongside sculptures and photographs from West Kalimantan artists Zakaria Pangaribuan and Hardiyanti that explore indigenous traditions, beliefs and contemporary lives.

West Kalimantan photographer Hardiyanti will be exhibiting her series ‘Semengat Padi’ documenting the rice rituals carried out by the Iban community of Ulu Kapuas. Photo credit: Hardiyanti.

Additionally a number of audio-visual pieces will be presented in the form of videos, sound installations and projections, by Ayesha Keshani, Harold Reagan Eswar @ EGN and Tiyan Baker. Textile works will be showcased by Bethany Balan, Elroy Ramantan, Iona Danald and Leopold Garett Jawan. Sculptures by Anyshya Jusam, an installation by Armanzaki Azrs and print works by Sharon Chin will also be featured.

Curated by Maddocks, and presented by Catama and Borneo Bengkel the exhibition will be hosted at Think&Tink, Kuching from 12pm to 7pm, while the exhibition tours will be on Dec 14 at 7pm. Artist tours on Dec 17 and 18 at 2pm, are part of ‘Seni Kita festival’ programming, which will be running adjacently at the Old Courthouse on the same weekend.

For more information, visit www.catamaborneo.com or search for @catamaborneo (Facebook, Instagram) or contact Catriona.Catama@gmail.com (0168789074). — DayakDaily