Richard Koh Fine Art
Having opened its doors in 2005, Richard Koh Fine Art has become one of the most established names in the Southeast Asian art scene with galleries in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Bangkok. A pair of new exhibitions in the first two cities launch this month, one a solo effort and the other featuring a group of talented artists.
Richard Koh Fine Art in Kuala Lumpur presents the works of Malaysian artist Nadiah Bamadhaj who has focused much of her work on the social intricacies of Yogyakarta’s society where she is currently based.
Nadiah Bamadhaj – Ravaged II
In this exhibition, she draws on her interviews with members of Yogyakarta’s Transgender Extended Family or KEBAYA, to produce immersive portraits of individuals. These are coupled with photographic images by Indonesian photojournalist Dwi Oblo, who elaborates on the stories by each individual, highlighting hopes, fears and yearnings.
Bamadhaj uses charcoal on paper to get her message across and also incorporates the Medusa into the works – an element she has been using in her work since 2008, and here represents social injustice.
Richard Koh Fine Art – KL
Where 34-1, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
When 23 July-13 Aug, 10am-7pm (Tues-Sat)
Tel 03 2095 3300
Curated by Louis Ho, this group exhibition in Richard Koh Fine Art, Singapore features the work of Burmese artists including Aye Ko, Aung Ko, Htein Lin, Richie Htet, Maung Day, Nge Lay, Soe Yu Nwe, Tun Win Aung and Wah Nu.
Presented in a variety of mediums, the subject matter deals with the static past and the intrusive present of the country, forgoing the commonly used traditional imagery such as monks and landscapes and underscores themes such as political authoritarianism, the anticolonial legacy and its rich, cultural history.
Soe Yu Nwe – Pandemic Universe, Mirrored Fragmented
A myriad of ideas and images such as iconography, anatomy, photography and film form the essentialist character of the works and serve as a counter to stereotypes and tropes of modern day Myanmar.
Richard Koh Fine Art – Singapore
Where Blk 47 Malan Road, #01-26 Gillman Barracks, Singapore 109444
When 17 July-8 Aug, 11am-7pm (Tues-Sat)
Tel +65 6513 2640