Malaysia-Canada Interculture Exhibition: Indigenous Identities (Pameran Antarbudaya Malaysia-Kanada: Jatidiri Peribumi)
10th September – 31st October 2014
Museum of Asian Art, University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
In Spring and Fall of 2011, co-curators; Associate Professor Salmah Abu Mansor, Principal Fellow-Institute of Ethnic Studies, National University of Malaysia, Malaysia and Sam Carter, Professor Emeritus-Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada selected applied arts from indigenous communities across Malaysia and Canada.
The exhibition is presented by the Canadian Society for Asian Arts, the Institute of Ethnic Studies, National University of Malaysia, Aboriginal Studies-Emily Carr University of Art and Design and with assistance from the governments of Canada and Malaysia.
Thirty examples of Malaysian and thirty examples of Canadian applied arts from indigenous communities from Malaysia-Canada Interculture Exhibition : Indigeneous Identities “Pameran Antarabudaya Malaysia-Kanada : Jatidiri Peribumi”
This “bi-lateral” (Malaysia and Canadian) exhibition includes a diverse range of funtional works including baskets, textiles, jewellery, mats, souvenirs, scarves, hats, bangles, musical instruments, toys, tools, etc. These recent design products represent both traditional designs as well as new innovative works.
Some design products apply images of local flora and fauna using only natural materials with old and new tools. Other designs share stories and are expressive of design traditions within indigenous communities. Certain objects explore new images and visual language combining old with new and local with global design influences.
The Pahang Art Museum, Kuantan, Pahang hosted the exhibition in 2013 prior to the exhibition in Kuala Lumpur.
The exhibition features affordable, well-designed and well-crafted objects that may be collected by museums and or by tourist as “souvenirs”.
The exhibition was donated as a study collection to University of Malaya Archives to promote greater understanding of indigenous applied arts in both countries.
University of Malaya, Centre for Malaysian Indigenous Studies:
Asian Arts Museum, University of Malaya