Imagined Borders

Gwangju Biennale, South Korea

I’ve been in SE Asia for 3 weeks working on my other work outside Cohesion Sheffield and visiting family and friends in my paternal homeland of Malaysia. I found connections with work we are doing in Sheffield especially at the Gwangju art Biennale in South Korea entitled ‘Imagined Borders’  with a focus on democracy, peace and human rights. There were many art pieces questioning the borders that we have created as humans see: I was invited to exhibit my art at The Gwangju Biennale international women’s art festival and give a lecture at Chonnam National University where I was pleased to meet the female Dean Professor Jung Kum-hee and gain interaction from the female art students in particular. Chonnam National University was at the centre of the national democratic uprising in May 1980.

In Malaysia I learnt of various cohesion projects that my family support such as  that supports marginalised communities through sustainable food and an indigenous charity to support long term sustainable development to communities regardless of religion or ethnicity.  Moving on from Malaysian to Thailand where i was invited to exhibit in a collaborative art movement between Malaysian and Thai artists and was impressed to see that they had supported the Songkla Raganagarinda Psychiatric hospital by creating art works, on the external hospital wall as well as interior works, to bring harmony and hope  .

It was good to see such collaborations in S.E. Asia and I am now turning my attention back to Sheffield, especially for the Cohesion Collaboration seminar that we are hosting next week . I will gradually work through my emails and thank you for your patience.

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