For the first time in Sabah, the opening of an art exhibition will feature various local art collaborators that will be using different forms of art to create awareness about different social issues. Organized by Contagious Creative Agency at South Sea Sanctuary in Kampung Air, “TACKit Reveals Three Sided Coin” will highlight photography by three photographers: Ron Pudin, Alan Kerroux and Jordan Sitorus. The photography on display and sale include images of avian, nature, habitat, travel and portraits. It will also feature Pangrok Sulap’s conscious art, printing and painting all the way from Ranau and paintings by Sattama, a local artist based in Kuala Lumpur.
Performance by TACKit combing traditional, contemporary and shamanic elementsThe exhibition also feature social practice art and performance installations:
i. "Silken Sky Raining Beads" by Eleanor Goroh of Magic Borneo Beads. During the opening night, the installations which include beautiful local beadwork featured an opening dance installation by TACKit which combines three elements of ethnic, contemporary and modern shamanic/healing movements.
ii. "Candy Crush" is a campaign using art to create awareness about child marriages and sexual abuse. Created by TACKit and is core member Tamar Abdul Rahman, this installation is based on Sabrina Aripen's (SAWO) personal project called "Reclaiming Innocence".
Poetry Reading by Eleanor Gorohiii. "Boxed" is an installation by TACKit and its founder Devi Kusardy Cox. The installation is based on a talk "Childhood in the Migrant City" by anthropologist Catherine S. Allerton from London School of Economics (LSE), using materials gathered from her fieldwork in Kota Kinabalu-Sabah. During the opening night, this installation featured Australian poet Chris Wright and experimental singer-songwriter duo, CoffeeVersusEvil (CVE) that comprise of Rene Barrow and Rozella Mahjhrin. CVE created the soundscapes for all three installations which featured their original song Lonely Little Girl. CVE also performed a song they wrote, Black Bird, which is dedicated to the migrant children.
iv. “Greed” was a onetime only behavioral performance that was performed during the opening night. Two women in a plastic box were stuffing themselves with ketchup. This performance symbolized what’s going on in the world with our never ending thirst of greed and power: we are depleting our resources and still it is not enough. The performance was accompanied by poetry from Eleanor Goroh.
Speech by all the contributors
The creative team behind the success of the event
Magic Borneo Beads DisplayMakeup and hair was designed by MUAH Studio and food was provided by Bread Boss Bakery. The mixed art exhibition will be ongoing until 16 October 2013. All artworks are for sale and visiting hours are from 11:00am to 11:00pm. Admission is free.
TACKit is a social participatory art group that uses art as an investigative tool in understanding human nature. The group engages people of diverse backgrounds to build critical dialog on social issues and aims to create an art centric environment that fosters art based education and pioneers progressive art research in Borneo.
Contagious Creative Agency aims to create a platform for local and international artists of different forms to showcase their talents. This is their seventh exhibition and they are scheduled to organize another two more art exhibitions this year. Interested artists who are keen to feature their artworks in similar exhibitions in 2014 can contact them directly.
Children from Migrant Cities Art Installation
Candy Crush Installation highlighting child marriages and sexual abuse
Photography on sale and display
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