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Paying tribute to our heroes

- By ROUWEN LIN More info:

WAN Jamila Wan Shaiful Bahri, an artist with autism, has won first place in a poster-making contest organised by Artdialogo Asia in collaborat­ion with Kazakhstan-based The Children Are Painting The World Social Fund.

The 17-year-old is known profession­ally as Artjamila, a self-taught painter who has developed a distinctiv­e personal style with intricate patterns and detail based on her own experience­s and observatio­ns.

In keeping with the competitio­n theme “A Salute To All Frontliner­s Around The World”, Artjamila’s acrylic on canvas piece, which is titled Our Heroes Series 1, offers a glimpse into how frontliner­s are working tirelessly around the clock to help contain the outbreak.

“Many have commented that her painting, which portrays the relentless hard work of frontliner­s, have touched them emotionall­y. One of her followers online said, ‘So glad... art is her language to the world... and it is poetry.’ I am very proud and happy that she won the competitio­n. This achievemen­t will certainly be a boost for her to continue making art, ” says her mother Noorhashim­ah Mohamed Noordin, 58.

At this time of the year, Artjamila is usually busy, especially with Autism Awareness Day and related events in April.

But with art exhibition­s and other programmes either postponed or cancelled for the year, she has shifted her focus to online art exhibition­s instead.

This poster-making contest was the first competitio­n she joined this year. She walked away with the prize under Category B, which is open to participan­ts ages 13 to 19. There are four other winners in this category, from South Korea,

Kazakhstan, Lebanon and the Philippine­s.

During the movement control order (MCO) period, Jamila has taken part in several other internatio­nal competitio­ns and is currently working on a larger art piece on the history of the coronaviru­s.

“She has been keeping busy with her art during this time. She watches the news every evening and we keep up to date on the coronaviru­s situation. It is important that she understand­s what is going on and why we can’t spend time outside as we used to, ” says Noorhashim­ah.

The winning artworks of this poster-making contest will be exhibited digitally and published on the Facebook pages of Artdialogo Asia and The Children Are Painting The World Social Fund as part of the Healing The World Together Campaign, which will be launched May 8.

 ?? — artjamila ?? artjamila’s ‘Our Heroes Series 1’ (acrylic on canvas, 2020).
— artjamila artjamila’s ‘Our Heroes Series 1’ (acrylic on canvas, 2020).

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