Love for sale

ARTAID16 re­turns with a bumper crop of artists.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Art -

THE works of 46 es­tab­lished and emerg­ing Malaysian con­tem­po­rary artists are on show at ARTAID16, the se­cond edi­tion of the Malaysian AIDS Foun­da­tion (MAF) ARTAID ex­hi­bi­tion se­ries. The show, in aid of women liv­ing with HIV, is now on at White Box, Pub­lika in Kuala Lumpur till Nov 9.

“The over­whelm­ing suc­cess of last year’s ARTAID15, which raised a to­tal of RM230,000 for our women’s HIV treat­ment, care and sup­port pro­grammes, not only in­spired us to con­tinue this en­deav­our; it also en­cour­aged us to dou­ble the scale and am­bi­tion of the ex­hi­bi­tion,” says Pro­fes­sor Dr Adeeba Ka­marulza­man, chair­man of the MAF.

Un­der the theme Love For Sale, this year’s col­lec­tion ex­plores the sub­ject mat­ter of “love” – in all its uni­ver­sal­ity, diversity and com­plex­ity – while bring­ing to at­ten­tion the gen­der dis­par­i­ties and in­equities that con­tinue to neg­a­tively af­fect women liv­ing with HIV.

Vet­eran artist Ah­mad Zakii An­war, 61, who con­ceived the ARTAID project in 2015, is back at the helm of ARTAID16 serv­ing as ad­vi­sor of the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Lead­ing the cu­ra­to­rial work for ARTAID16 is Noor Mah­nun Mo­hamed, painter, print­maker and art writer.

“I am par­tic­u­larly pleased to see the par­tic­i­pa­tion of 11 fe­male artists in ARTAID16 and the over­all strength of their body of work,” says Noor.

“Women in arts have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to paint the re­al­i­ties of other women in our com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially those suf­fer­ing in si­lence due to HIV stigma. We hope our paint­ings and cre­ations will go on to in­spire con­fi­dence, courage and de­ter­mi­na­tion in th­ese women and en­rich their lives,” she adds.

Works by fe­male artists like Bibi Chew, Chong Ai Lei, Fadi­lah Karim, Anisa Ab­dul­lah, Umibaizu­rah Mahir Is­mail, and Alexan­dra Hon stand shoul­der-to-shoul­der with male artists like Ah­mad Zakii An­war, Jalaini Abu Has­san, Bayu Utomo Rad­jikin, Roslisham Is­mail (Ise), Haslin Is­mail, Sam­sudin Wa­hab, Poo­d­ien, Sai­ful Raz­man and Zac Lee.

The ARTAID16 ex­hi­bi­tion is on at White Box, Pub­lika, Solaris Du­ta­mas in Kuala Lumpur till Nov 9. Open: 11am to 9pm daily. Free ad­mis­sion. More info: yam.org.my/ V2/project/artaid16/. Call 03-4047 4222.

Fadi­lah Karim’s — ARTAID (oil on linen, 2016).

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