26 Nov 2016 Ferado

LAB 2016 Inauguration: From Migration to Exploration


Photo courtesy of Prof. Dato Ryza Yaacob

Yang Mulia Engku Raja Omar Ikram Bin Raja Abdullah welcomed distinguished guests during the Langkawi Art Biennale 2016 Inauguration night. He delivered his opening speech in behalf of Yayasan Tunku Kassim, a non-profit organization founded by the royal family member Kedah, led by Yang Teramat Mulia Dr Tunku Monsor Ibni Almarhom Tunku Kassim.

Yayasan Tunku Kassim or YTK, according to YM Engku Raja “was established with the noble intention of contributing to the arts community focusing on various segments, among others conservation and restoration of local art pieces, relics and artefacts, providing support to the local artists through art development programme and getting involved in art educational projects at the national level.” He likewise acknowledged LAB2016 as one of the first initiatives taken to realize the vision, mission and objectives of YTK.

Likewise, he acknowledged the organizing committee who have contributed actively and voluntarily in the program, mentioning Mr. Liew Kian Yap, the Founder of Langkawi Art Biennale and Mr. Hairul Azizi Amat Tokimin, Coordinator of LAB 2016.

Here are excerpts from his speech:
“Once again, Langkawi island is hosting this remarkable gathering of international artists and art enthusiasts from all around the world after two years since the LAB inception in 2014. In this regard, I would like to congratulate Yayasan Tunku Kassim, Yayasan Wiba Prima, Artmalaysia, Yayasan Hasanah, LADA, and other agencies for the successful organisation of LAB2016.

Art is adored either for its beauty or to capture a mood or feeling or just an object of enjoyment for its own sake. The great debate on art, what it is and why it’s so great has been going on for centuries but there’s no right or wrong answers since art as most believe is all about ideas. The value of art is again another popular debate among artists, collectors and enthusiasts. Be it the work of a madman like Van Gogh, or the length of time the work took to complete, or the years of study, or the genius mind that translated his idea through art on canvass, the disputes are endless. Despite the differences, art never fails to capture the heart of its makers and admirers who embrace the same dream that art will never cease to exist, hence the reason we are all here tonight.

The Langkawi Art Biennale marked its presence in this beautiful island in 2014 with its “Migration” theme participated by 250 artists from 38 countries. The first event organized by ArtMalaysia had seen overwhelming response from the artists and the audience alike.

The journey continues this year in 2016 and as an extension of the previous theme, in which the program amplifies the tune to “Exploration” theme by exposing participating artists to new discoveries of various areas Langkawi has to offer – from cultures and religion to local lifestyle, nature and even culinary adventure. All these elements combined, leads to a deeper connotation that is to be more environmentally conscious and to raise environmental awareness. I must say we are fortunate to be here to witness the expression of the artists throughout their Langkawi “Exploration” experience in their canvasses, sculptures and installation works.

The presence of significant number of artists, both local and international, as well as art enthusiasts at LAB2016, is clearly an indication that Langkawi Art Biennale has begun to establish itself as an upcoming premier international venue for art exhibition and art tourism in this Land of Eagle. Your presence throughout the week is indeed the lifeblood of this event and we sincerely thank you for that.

Finally, we are grateful that all of you are here tonight so we just hope that the work of arts you will be seeing and contemplating along the hallway and the exhibition room will capture your emotions in such a way that they manifest the consciousness of the artists relative to the “Exploration” theme this year. Let the art pieces speak to you whether they’re sending you pleasant, blissful, gloomy or sad messages through those frames and sculptures.”

25 Nov 2016

مراسم افتتاحیه بینال و جشن تقدیراز هنرمندان و میهمانان

 

در شب افتتاحیه بینال لنکاوی مراسم با شکوهی همراه با موسیقی و رقص محلی مالزی در سالن همایش های بین المللی جزیره لنکاوی برگزار شد. در این مراسم علاوه بر افتتاح بینال توسط خانواده سلطنتی ایالت کداح، برخی از هنرمندان از میهمانان مراسم تقدیر به عمل آوردند. تعدادی از هنرمندان یک اثر از آثار خود را به نشانه تشکر و قدردانی به میمهانان مراسم اهدا کردند. مراسم اهدا اثر هنری به میهمانان خاص به طور معمول در همه افتتاحیه های نمایشگاههای هنری در مالزی اجرا می شود. به این ترتیب علاوه بر تقدیر از هنرمندان  شرکت کننده دربینال، از میهمانان هم که برای افتتاح مراسم شرکت کرده بودند تقدیر به عمل آمد.

 

 

مراسم تقدیر از میمهانان
مراسم تقدیر از میمهانان

افتتاح بینال لنکاوی
افتتاح بینال لنکاوی
مراسم تقدیر از میمهانان
مراسم تقدیر از میمهانان
اهدای نقاشی توسط هنرمند مالزیایی
اهدای نقاشی توسط هنرمند مالزیایی
اهدای نقاشی توسط هنرمندی از شهر پیننگ، مالزی
اهدای نقاشی توسط هنرمندی از شهر پیننگ، مالزی
هنرمند مالزیایی نقاشی خود را به رسم یادبود به میمهان مراسم اهدا می کند
هنرمند مالزیایی نقاشی خود را به رسم یادبود به میمهان مراسم اهدا می کند
اهدای نقاشی توسط هنرمند فیلیپینی
اهدای نقاشی توسط هنرمند فیلیپینی
هنرمند فیلیپین
هنرمند فیلیپین

21 Nov 2016

آشنایی با فرهنگ مالزی، رقص، موسیقی، نمایش

شب مراسم قدردانی از هنرمندان شرکت کننده در بینال لنکاوی نیز همانند همه جشن هایی که در مالزی برگزار می شود با رقص و موسیقی محلی این کشور آغاز شد. رنگ و نور و موسیقی از بخش های جدا نشدنی در هر مراسمی در مالزی هستند که این خود به نحوی یکی از   بهترین راه های معرفی فرهنگ به میهمانان می باشد. در شب قدردانی از هنرمندان ، که در سالن همایش های بین المللی لنکاوی برگزار شد، هنرمندان شرکت کننده و میهمانان جشن به تماشای انواع رقص های محلی که توسط یکی از بهترین گروه های رقص در مالزی اجرا شد نشستند. علاوه بر آن نمایش سنتی بر اساس داستانهایی محلی لنکاوی اجرا شد که دیدنش خالی از لطف نبود. در این میان رقص بسیار زیبای گروه کودکان مدرسه چینی در لنکاوی که برنده چندین مسابقه بین اللمللی شده بودند نیز هنرمندان و میهمانان جشن را به وجد آورده بود.

نورپردازی این نمایش هم نقش بسزایی در جلوه بصری نمایش داشت
نورپردازی این نمایش هم نقش بسزایی در جلوه بصری نمایش داشت
گریم خاص و لباس های مخصوص رقص
گریم خاص و لباس های مخصوص رقص
نمایش رقص براساس داستان عاشقانه محلی
نمایش رقص براساس داستان عاشقانه محلی
اجرای رقص بومی مالزی
اجرای رقص بومی مالزی
نمایش کمدی بر پایه داستان های محلی لنکاوی
نمایش کمدی بر پایه داستان های محلی لنکاوی
نمایش و رقص کودکان مدرسه چینی در لنکاوی
نمایش و رقص کودکان مدرسه چینی در لنکاوی
هماهنگی و نظم بسیار خوبی در اجرای نمایش داشتند
هماهنگی و نظم بسیار خوبی در اجرای نمایش داشتند
لباس ها و گریم هم به نوبه خود جذاب بود
لباس ها و گریم هم به نوبه خود جذاب بود

18 Nov 2016

آشنایی با فرهنگ مالزی، مراسم عروسی

هنرمندان شرکت کننده در بینال در روز هفدهم نوامبر همگی در جشن عروسی که به صورت نمادین برای معرفی فرهنگ مردم مالزی برپا شده بود شرکت کردند. در این مراسم علاوه بر بازدید از محل، هنرمندان از نزدیک با تهیه غذای مراسم هم آشنا می شدند. برخی از هنرمندان هم با اشتیاق در تهیه غذا به برگزار کنندگان کمک کردند. آموزش رقص محلی که با موسیقی بومی جزیزه لنکاوی همراه بود هم بخشی از این مراسم بود. یک روز شاد و مفرح که علاوه بر مفرح بودن مراسم جنبه آموزش آن نیزفراموش نشده بود

آموزش و تهیه غذای سنتی مالزی به هنرمندان
آموزش و تهیه غذای سنتی مالزی به هنرمندان
آموزش نحوه پوشیدن لباس سنتی به هنرمندان
آموزش نحوه پوشیدن لباس سنتی به هنرمندان
همکاری هنرمندان در تهیه غذا
همکاری هنرمندان در تهیه غذا
برخی از هنرمندان در گوشه ای ازمراسم مشغول به نقاشی
برخی از هنرمندان در گوشه ای ازمراسم مشغول به نقاشی
امضا و یادگاری هنرمندان
امضا و یادگاری هنرمندان
عکس یادگاری برگزارکنندگان و هنرمندان
عکس یادگاری برگزارکنندگان و هنرمندان

 

14 Nov 2016 Ferado

Artists coming together for Langkawi Art Biennale 2016

Langkawi Art Biennale 2016 is bringing 33 countries, 128 artists, 216+ artwork together towards making Langkawi an international art destination.

Today, is another day of surprises! Even as the “Exploration” painters and sculptors are intently working on the final touches of their masterpieces, more artists are still coming in. Meeting them is such a privilege.

Towards the evening, our Patron, YM Raja Ikram Raja Omar came to meet and greet some of them.


Heidi Fosli/Norway, Shahril Azwan Salleh/Malaysia, Freddy Sofian/Indonesia, Abdul Mansoor Ibrahim/Malaysia, and Jik Villanueva, Philippines


Heidi Fosli/Norway, Pandora Apostoloska Sazdovska and Saso Sazdovski/Macedonia, Lawrence Dinesh Wilkes/New South Wales, Australia and Helen Crawford/Adelaide, Australia


Helen/Australia, Saso/Macedonia and Dinesh/Australia exchanging notes about their sculpting instruments

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Saso/Macedonia, Dinesh/Australia and Jik/Philippines: a meeting of sculptors

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Indonesia meets Norway: Freddy exchanging pleasantries with Heidi

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Light moments with Mansoor/Malaysia, Pandora/Macedonia, Freddy/Indonesia and Charly/Reunion Island, France


Heidi Fosli/Norway, Fe Madrid Pepito/Philippines, me, Celso Pepito/Philippines and Charly Lesquelin/Reunion Island, France on the way to The Cottage


Mickael Boyer and Charly Lesquelin/Reunion Island, France, LAB2016 Patron YM Raja Ikram Raja Omar, Jean-Daniel Orian/Mauritius, Hairul Azizi Amat Tokimin/LAB2016 Coordinator and Donald Eaton/Reunion Island, France

12 Nov 2016 Ferado

The show must go on…LAB2016 sculptors at work

The days have been so full of productive activities for the sculptors..We’re beginning to see some things coming out of their hard labors.

Look at this wood piece! This used to be a dirty stump of log lying there, but with the “touch” of these guys from Mauritius, some marvels are coming up!
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Mauritius guys show what they saw in Langkawi: a figure resting and enjoying Langkawi sceneries.
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These “fish” pieces will be integrated with their masterpiece.
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Another surprise coming out…
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Maxine using her full force, mind and body working together to bring out the beauty of the piece she’s working on.
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Laxman creating his “quill” composition, working on the details of the feather features of his sculptural piece.
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Raju continues to enhance his “mountain” piece.
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Of course, sculptors need to rest: lunch break.
Those slabs of marbles are great places to rest their tired bodies.
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It’s “under the tree” meditation and relaxing for Raju.
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(Photos courtesy of Maxine Xie Xian Xin and other sculptors)

6 Nov 2016

Artists’ home away from home

SELAMAT DATANG _ Welcome!!

Some of the artists who have already arrived to setup their installation artwork, sculptoring on site or explore the island..
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Standing, from left is Angelico “JIK” Villanueva (Sculptor: Philippines), Liew Kian Yap (Founder of LAB), Fumihiko Sano (Installation artist:Japan), Mohd Hairul Azizi (Programme director). Seated, from left is Charly Lesquelin (Painter:Reunion Island), Freddy Sofian (Painter:Indonesia ), Laxman Bahadur Gharti (Sculptor:Nepal)

Life in Langkawi is idyllic…a slower pace…allowing one to be more in touch with nature.

Here, artists will get to experience the Malay ‘kampung’ (village) life.. complete with crowing roosters!

Located a bit further in from the buzzling, tourist hot spots of Pantai Cenang (Cenang Beach), the group of accommodations provided for artists are clean, comfortable and quiet…. and the beach is just a walk away…

Occasional rain.. but cool and fresh, right after the rain
Occasional rain.. but cool and fresh, right after the rain
Coconut trees swaying in the wind
Coconut trees swaying in the wind
Outdoor resting spot
Wakaf – outdoor resting spot
Chenang Inn, one of the accommodations  provided
Chenang Inn, one of the accommodations provided
The Coconut!
The Coconut!
A wooden chalet, rustic but complete with modern amenities
A wooden chalet, rustic but complete with modern amenities

Malaysians love their food. We have everything, from Asian (Chinese, Malay, Indian) to Western style restaurants, wth some open 24 hours a day!!

More participants from Phillipines, Nepal, Reunion Island and Indonesia...sharing a meal and laughter!
More participants from Phillipines, Nepal, Reunion Island and Indonesia…sharing a meal and laughter!

We have local foods like the roti canai (prata), tosai, nasi lemak, nasi campur to more Western-style foods like BBQ and grill

An Indian 'pancake' that is now common in Malaysian food stalls
Tosai, an Indian ‘pancake’ that is now common in Malaysian food stalls

So, Langkawi eagerly awaits the arrival of 140 participating artists from 33 countries (ALGERIA, AUSTRALIA, AZERBAIJAN, CANADA, COLOMBIA, CUBA, DENMARK, EGYPT, FRANCE, FINLAND, GERMANY, GREECE, HONG KONG, IRAQ, INDIA, INDONESIA, IRAN, JAPAN, KOREA, BRITAIN, MAURITIUS, NETHERLANDS, NORWAY, OMAN, PAKISTAN, PHILLIPINES, REUNION ISLAND, SINGAPORE, SOUTH AFRICA, TAIWAN, TURKEY, VIETNAM and MALAYSIA)

(Photo credits : Liew Kian Yap and Celso Pepito)

4 Nov 2016 Ferado

Of food, places and sketches


October 30, 2016

“Free and easy”…that’s what Mr. Kian told us about our schedules of activities. Knowing artists are not bound by time and space to do their creations, he told us to just relax and enjoy our exploration trip as we try to imbibe all that our senses can handle.

Our group has somehow visited Kuala Lumpur before, but it was good to explore the city, this time, leisurely. So I readily accepted a friend’s invitation for me to see her at KLCC, Suria. The place still looks familiar, but it still amazes me to see this Twin Tower looming before us. It still remains as one of the world’s architectural feats and surely one of Malaysia’s famous tourist attractions.

With Celso and Fe, we explored the Kinokuniya Bookstore inside the KLCC.

Today, we had a taste of Indian food in the morning, Chinese Malaysian food at lunch and Thai food for dinner.

And while we’re at it, the artists kept on with their sketching.

Artists' breakfast fare: sketching
Artists’ breakfast fare: sketching

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Chinese Malaysian Lunch treat at Madam Kwan'sby my friend Rizza who works in Malaysia
Chinese Malaysian Lunch treat at Madam Kwan’sby my friend Rizza who works in Malaysia
Baan Thai dinner
Baan Thai dinner
Baan Thai dinner
Baan Thai dinner
Revisiting Twin Tower with my Filipina friend, Rizza
Revisiting Twin Tower with my Filipina friend, Rizza
Fe finds intersting books at Kinokuniya
Fe finds interesting books at Kinokuniya
Am curious! What does this word Kinokunia mean?
Am curious! What does this word Kinokunia mean?
The kind bookstore attendant told me Kinokunia is a Japanese term meaning "Bookstore of Kii Province". The company has its headquarters in Meguro, Tokyo.
The kind bookstore attendant told me Kinokunia is a Japanese term meaning “Bookstore of Kii Province”. The company has its headquarters in Meguro, Tokyo.
Celso Pepito's sketch of buildings viewed from the Kinokunia Bookstore
Celso Pepito’s sketch of buildings viewed from the Kinokunia Bookstore
Looking for art materials
Looking for art materials
Are we going to buy this paint?
Are we going to buy this paint?
Celso Pepito keeps on sketching even inside the bookstore.
Celso Pepito keeps on sketching even inside the bookstore.
Celso Pepito's sketch for Freddy Sofian
Celso Pepito’s output at the hotel: sketch for Freddy Sofian
Celso Pepito's sketch for Charly Lesquelin
Celso Pepito’s output at the hotel:sketch for Charly Lesquelin

 

 

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4 Nov 2016 Ferado

The “Exploration” Journey Begins

October 29, 2016
As a continuation from 2014 Langkawi Annual Biennale (LAB) theme “Migration”, we met today with Mr. Liew Kian Yap, one of the key leaders in this LAB 2016 event to discuss plans for our exciting “Exploration” journey.

Today’s meeting reminded me of another event that brought us together seven years ago, in October 2009, commemorating the Philippine-Malaysia 50th Diplomatic Relations Anniversary. Even then, Mr. Liew Kian Yap has played a vital role in promoting Malaysian art tourism internationally.

The latter part of our LAB 2016 “Exploration” trip would see us gathered together with other artists from various parts of the world to celebrate this year’s Langkawi Art Biennale.

Come, join us, as we travel through selected tourist destinations in Malaysia.

October 29, 2009 with Mr. Liew Kian Yap and international guests with artists fromCebu, Philippines
October 29, 2009 with Mr. Liew Kian Yap and international guests with artists from Cebu, Philippines
October 2009 commemorating Philippines-Malaysia 50th Diplomatic Relations Anniversary
October 2009 commemorating Philippines-Malaysia 50th Diplomatic Relations Anniversary
LAB 2016 "Exploration" team meeting with Mr. Liew Kian Yap
LAB 2016 “Exploration” team meeting with Mr. Liew Kian Yap
October 29