The Nationwide Artwork Gallery (NAG) in Kuala Lumpur is likely to be closed for the remainder of the yr, however there’s a small area away from the primary gallery constructing that’s teeming with life.
The Konservasi exhibition, offered by Pelita Hati, at NAG’s Artistic House options 83 artworks that deliver consciousness to points confronted by wildlife, largely from a Malaysian context.
On this experimental gallery area, the animal-themed works are usually not the happiest to be discovered. In a single portray, a stray tapir is misplaced because it wanders via a village, whereas one other work reveals the heartbreak of a deforestation and logging scene with animals displaced. It is also unhappy to view a pangolin portray and instantly take into consideration unlawful poaching, trafficking, and sale of the animal.
This exhibition of wildlife works are by six artists: Issarezal Ismail, Muhammad Hafiz Azizi, Mohd Syazwan Jusoh, Fairus Ahmad Yusof, Jing Chung and Siti Fariza.
“I’ve been studying and receiving quite a lot of articles, information and experiences regarding animals and their plight. Their lives are being threatened as a result of speedy improvement by human beings. It’s somewhat unhappy and disheartening to see what has turn into of those animals and their habitats, all within the identify of progress, ” says Pelita Hati managing director Raja Annuar.
The concept for Konservasi got here step by step, over quite a lot of years and plenty of discussions with totally different artists and inventive people.
Pelita Hati has not had an animal-themed artwork exhibition in over a decade. Its final one was Animalia, which was held in 2006.
In Konservasi, the artists current their tackle the theme via a wide range of media and methods, together with watercolour, oil, acrylic, silkscreen portray, collage, ink and impasto. There are additionally a couple of installations. All of the works are carried out in a considerate method, creating consciousness and spreading the message of defending wildlife and their pure habitats.
Raja Annuar provides that a number of works place these animals towards the backdrop of a typical Malaysian village scene, a nod to the misplaced of habitat.
Konservasi‘s heavy subject material is somewhat well timed, he underlines.
“There’s a want for all of us to pay attention to the significance of wildlife preservation and sustainability. It’s higher to do it now than later. In a nutshell, it’s about defending the ecosystem for the advantage of all residing beings in our world, ” says Raja Annuar.
The pandemic has additionally led to world lockdowns, and animals have additionally made the information. Whereas individuals keep residence, some species of animals have been reported to have come out to roam about within the empty areas in city areas.
“Restricted human presence and actions has given the surroundings an opportunity to heal itself. So this exhibition is curiously related to what’s occurring now, ” he concludes.
Konservasi is on at Artistic House, Nationwide Artwork Gallery in Kuala Lumpur until Oct 31. Opening hours: 10am to 4pm (Tuesday to Sunday). Extra data right here.