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.”
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