January 2021
Singapore Art Week

Talk: Southeast Asia Art Watch: Malaysia

18 January 2020

18 January 2020

Tent B – Talks
S.E.A. Focus, Gillman Barracks
Admits entry with a valid S.E.A. Focus ticket

4.30PM – 6.00PM

Southeast Asia Art Watch is a series of country-specific talks focused on both developed and emerging art scenes in the region.

Richard Koh, Collector/Gallerist, Richard Koh Fine Art
Lim Wei-Ling, Gallerist/Founder of Wei-Ling Gallery
Yee I-Lann, Artist

Moderated by Beverly Yong, Co-Founder, RogueArt

Southeast Asia Art Watch is a series of country-specific talks focused on both developed and emerging art scenes in the region. Malaysia’s cultural landscape has boomed in recent years, with a number of newly inaugurated galleries, independent spaces and cultural agencies enlivening the contemporary art scene in Kuala Lumpur. Smaller art scenes have also developed in cities such Penang, Ipoh and Kota Kinabalu, and the diffuse, multi-nodal terrain of Malaysian contemporary art deserves closer examination: what, who, and how? Panelists, who hail from a diverse range of backgrounds, interests and expertise, will discuss these questions and more.

About the speakers:

Richard Koh is the founder and director of Richard Koh Fine Art; a contemporary art gallery based in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore representing established and emerging Southeast Asian artists. He is regarded as a pioneer for introducing contemporary Southeast Asian art to the region. He now actively mounts exhibitions and presentations locally and abroad and has advised various leading institutions and private collections. Profile image credits: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.

Lim Wei-Ling owns and runs Wei-Ling Gallery and Wei-Ling Contemporary, leading art galleries which specialize in promoting and representing contemporary Malaysian art and introducing internationally renowned artists to Malaysia. She is a prominent figure on the regional art scene for being a protagonist in introducing contemporary Malaysian art to the international art world. Some of the organisations she has advised over the years include the National Art Gallery Malaysia, The Singapore Art Museum, Galeri Petronas, and Louis Vuitton amongst many other corporate collectors. Most recently, Wei-Ling was appointed by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia, to spearhead and raise funds to realise the country’s first ever national pavilion at the 58th Venice Art Biennale.

Yee I-Lann lives and works in Kota Kinabalu in the Malaysian Borneo state of Sabah. Her primarily photomedia-based practice engages with archipelagic Southeast Asia’s turbulent history with works addressing issues of colonialism and neo-colonialism, power, and the impact of historical memory in social experience, often with particular focus on counter-narrative “histories from below”. She employs a complex, multi-layered visual vocabulary drawn from historical references, popular culture, archives, and everyday objects. She has in recent years started working collaboratively with sea-based and land-based communities and indigenous mediums in Sabah. She is a co-founding associate of The Ricecooker Archives: Southeast Asian Rock ’n’ Roll Treasury with her partner Joe Kidd and has worked as a production designer in the Malaysian film industry.

Beverly Yong is a director of RogueArt, a partnership working on publications, exhibitions, projects and collections dealing with Southeast Asian art since 2008. An art writer, editor, curator and former gallerist, she has been involved in the Malaysian art scene for over 20 years, and is co-editor-in-chief of the four-volume publication project Narratives in Malaysian Art (2011-2019).