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a so­cial func­tion, chal­leng­ing our un­der­stand­ing of the world in which we live and how we op­er­ate within it. Artists are re­flec­tors, trans­la­tors, and me­di­a­tors of so­ci­etal is­sues, in­clud­ing racial and gen­der equal­ity, civil rights, cul­tural and so­cial iden­tity, and glob­al­i­sa­tion.

Of­ten driven by per­sonal con­vic­tions, artists at times cre­ate works that act as win­dows, pro­vid­ing in­sight and fo­cus on com­plex sub­jects, of­fer­ing unique in­ter­pre­ta­tions, and rais­ing dif­fi­cult ques­tions for the viewer, points out Suryani. She adds that part of the pro­ceeds from the sale of the art­works on dis­play will be chan­nelled to­wards SIS and Te­lenisa, SIS’s le­gal aid clinic that pro­vides women with le­gal as­sis­tance.

“There’s a tremen­dous amount of ex­pec­ta­tions on women — on what

we can or can­not do, how we should dress, talk and so on. When th­ese are en­forced through laws, it can have a detri­men­tal ef­fect on women and so­ci­ety,” says Suryani bluntly, be­fore con­clud­ing: “It’s left to those like us at SIS to help re­write those sce­nar­ios and re­claim our iden­ti­ties.”

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Cara Pe­nana­man: Pelin­dung Tum­buhan Tum­buhan (2018) — Nia Khal­isa; Cover My Eyes In Glit­ter (2018) — Sophia Ka­mal; Gar­den Of The Hearts Se­ries : Pea­cock InThe Gar­den (2018) — Datuk Shar­i­fah Fatimah Zu­bir.

FrOm leFT: Hana Zamri, Sophia Ka­mal, Suryani Senja Alias, Nia Khal­isa Ab­dul Aziz and Ma­ji­dah Hashim

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