Artists and curator panel talk at Merata Suara exhibition moderated by Fuad Rahmat. Photo credit: Nadira Ilana 2018
Merata Suara is an exhibition showcasing 5 commissioned artworks. What began as a simple offer to represent marginalised voices gradually evolved into a productive disorientation: our location partners became central to the creative process, leading the discourse as our artists assumed the role of platform providers. This rich and humbling 6-month exercise compelled us to question many of our political assumptions, leading to a synergy where collaborators became friends.
The 4 installations and 1 performance in Merata Suara present conversations expressed in visual and spatial form. Each work represents a blending of artist and location partner standpoints, levelling the discursive field ("merata"). We hope to offer art that extends merely aesthetics considerations towards a collaborative micro politics that unsettles taken for granted binaries of power and powerlessness and the center-periphery divide.
Photo credit: Chiho Yamada
Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM), Japan
Video link here.
March - April 2018
Support from the Canadian High Commission
The Other Festival, Ipoh, PERAK
Space of Time Group show
George Town Festival &
101 Woman's Exhibition
Balai Seni Lukis Negara, Kuala Lumpur
copyright (c) Suzy Sulaiman 2018
Artist / Designer / Curator
Trained in architecture and new media art, Suzy works at an intersection of art, architecture and media technology. She is often commissioned for festivals and events as her artworks tend to engage the public sphere and physical context.
She is co-producer for Digital Art + Culture festival, a contributing writer to This Scene and a 2015 Japan Foundation Asia Center fellow for her research in indepandent art spaces in Japan & southeast Asia.