Rasa Sayang



09 May 2019 - 15 June 2019
A+ Works of Art

A+ Works of Art is proud to present Rasa Sayang, a group exhibition that brings together an assembly of artists, writers and poets to mark the one-year anniversary of the 14th general election. The title, which refers to the folk song known to most Malaysians regardless of ethnicity, class and age, evokes the sense of love and loss that was felt by many towards the nation’s precarious political trajectory. Rasa Sayang showcases works by Azizan Paiman, Chang Yoong Chia, Sharon Chin, Chong Kim Chiew, Intan Rafiza, Okui Lala, Liew Kung Yu, Pangrok Sulap, Phuan Thai Meng, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Tan Zi Hao, and Yee I-Lann, while the participating writers and poets include Arafat Hambali, Bernice Chauly, Samantha Cheh, Faisal Tehrani, Ann Lee, Carmen Nge, Dr. Serina Abdul Rahman, Dr. Vilashini Somiah, Yvonne Tan, and Zikri Rahman.


In the world of wayang kulit, the wise clown and servant, Semar, appears as an important figure who speaks out and stands out against the Gods. Serving as a symbol of the peasantry, Semar is a clown of the people who uses his propensity for humour to resist against injustice. Humour is a means through which the marginalized and disenfranchised can create their own access to representation in the public sphere and generate social visibility for their concerns and interests. As one does not laugh in isolation, the act of laughing is nonetheless a collective one that brings together and facilitates resistance amongst the ones doing the laughing.


The usage of humour is all the more paramount as a means to bypass and navigate through the politics of censorship that pervade the region. Whilst humour is most visibly manifested in political cartoons and caricatures, Rasa Sayang takes the 14th general election in Malaysia as an entry point to explore playful takes on humour and its various forms through film, installation, painting, performance, photography and more to respond to urgent sociopolitical concerns along with the emotionally turbulent experience of belonging to significant social protest movements such as the Bersih rallies.


Rasa Sayang

Rasa Sayang

09 May 2019 - 15 June 2019
A+ Works of Art

A+ Works of Art is proud to present Rasa Sayang, a group exhibition that brings together an assembly of artists, writers and poets to mark the one-year anniversary of the 14th general election. The title, which refers to the folk song known to most Malaysians regardless of ethnicity, class and age, evokes the sense of love and loss that was felt by many towards the nation’s precarious political trajectory. Rasa Sayang showcases works by Azizan Paiman, Chang Yoong Chia, Sharon Chin, Chong Kim Chiew, Intan Rafiza, Okui Lala, Liew Kung Yu, Pangrok Sulap, Phuan Thai Meng, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Tan Zi Hao, and Yee I-Lann, while the participating writers and poets include Arafat Hambali, Bernice Chauly, Samantha Cheh, Faisal Tehrani, Ann Lee, Carmen Nge, Dr. Serina Abdul Rahman, Dr. Vilashini Somiah, Yvonne Tan, and Zikri Rahman.


In the world of wayang kulit, the wise clown and servant, Semar, appears as an important figure who speaks out and stands out against the Gods. Serving as a symbol of the peasantry, Semar is a clown of the people who uses his propensity for humour to resist against injustice. Humour is a means through which the marginalized and disenfranchised can create their own access to representation in the public sphere and generate social visibility for their concerns and interests. As one does not laugh in isolation, the act of laughing is nonetheless a collective one that brings together and facilitates resistance amongst the ones doing the laughing.


The usage of humour is all the more paramount as a means to bypass and navigate through the politics of censorship that pervade the region. Whilst humour is most visibly manifested in political cartoons and caricatures, Rasa Sayang takes the 14th general election in Malaysia as an entry point to explore playful takes on humour and its various forms through film, installation, painting, performance, photography and more to respond to urgent sociopolitical concerns along with the emotionally turbulent experience of belonging to significant social protest movements such as the Bersih rallies.


Rasa Sayang