Kuala Lumpur International Miniprint Exhibition 2019
As published in The Star Online on 9 June 2019
The inaugural Kuala Lumpur International Miniprint Exhibition (Klimex), organised by Segaris Art Center last year, saw 90 artists from Malaysia and abroad participating in the show at the National Art Gallery.
Five local artists – Stephen Menon, Liu Cheng Hua, Kim Ng (Head of Fine Art department at Dasein Academy of Art), Ahmad Noor Rashidi and Fawazie Arsyad – from Klimex ended up as finalists at the 2018 Jogja International Miniprint Biennale (JIMB), a miniprint competition held every two years in Indonesia.
Nizam Rahmat, Segaris’ gallery director and the man heading the Klimex team, couldn’t be any prouder. This year, Segaris has put another Klimex show packed with exciting content and three times the number of participants.
Enter One Over Two: Klimex19, the second edition of Segaris’ miniprint exhibition, organised in collaboration with Teras Management, JIMB’s organiser. The show is currently on at Segaris in Publika, Kuala Lumpur.
“The fact that we can have a second show is a testament to the success of the first one. We are planning to host our own miniprint competition, similar to the one in Jogja,” says Nizam, 51, during a recent interview at the gallery.
The exhibition is a survey of 300 mini prints from 217 artists. There are works from 137 local artists, including Stephen Menon, Samsudin Wahab, Liu Cheng Hua, Kim Ng, Fawazie Arsyad, Faizal Suhif and Juhari Said exhibited alongside international names such as Cleo Wilkinson (Australia), Kouki Tsuritani (Japan), Rakesh Bani (India), Aurora Arazzi (Indonesia), Adriano Castro (Brazil), Emilia Aizer (France) and Eric Mummery (Canada).
For the international artists, Nizam says he approached the JIMB team and picked the artworks from last year’s competition. This year’s Klimex also presents works by students from UiTM, Aswara and Dasein Academy of Art.
“The idea is to give them (the students) a platform and early career exposure, to exhibit alongside the senior and international artists,” says Nizam.
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