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Shooshie Sulaiman: Sulaiman itu Melayu at Japan

at TomioKoyama GalleryTokyo / Japan
Oct 23, 2013 - Dec 8, 2013

Sulaiman utilizes a wide array of artistic approaches, from two-dimensional works, site-specific installations, and performances to writing, and even creating spaces such as gallery and bookstore to encounter fresh experiences of art, suggesting that for her, artistic practice and life are inextricable. Many of her works are based on situation, experience, and process, as her journey of investigation in cultural and social configurations, or identity continues. Rather, they become important part of the works themselves. In Emotional Library presented at Documenta 12 in Kassel, Germany in 2007, Sulaiman invited the visitors into a curtained area, where the artist's two books were placed, to enter into conversations and relationships. This was followed by Emotional Baggage - Drawings as Performance at The National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo in 2008, where the artist traveled and engaged in honest and spontaneous exchanges with people, dragging her suitcase with her books inside everywhere she went. Intimacy and engagement on an emotional level seem to always exist in her diverse oeuvre. Her materials are often humble and expressions are sincere. Yet, since her first works in the 1990s, which indirectly resonated Malaysia's social change at that time, her expressions are richly multifaceted and manifest deeper and broader landscapes of history, culture and human experiences and imagination.
More info: TomioKoyamaGallery


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