JFKL Curatorial Workshop: The Exhibitions

The Curatorial Workshop organised by JFKL is a programme aimed to provide a platform to enhance expertise in curating contemporary art and related fields such as cinema, performance, architecture, music, festivals, etc, with an end goal of successfully organising and curating an art exhibition/art project.

The workshop was held at JFKL for three days from 17 to 19 February 2020 with the theme of “Era / Errata” and has gathered 9 participants from various backgrounds all around Malaysia. Performance maker and researcher Mark Teh from Five Arts Centre and independent curator IIDA Shihoko who is currently based in Japan were invited as lecturers. The participants shared and exchanged ideas on their curatorial proposals together with sharing sessions by the two lecturers.

At the end of the workshop, two curators namely Low Pey Sien and Rebecca Yeoh were selected to realise their proposed plan. Low Pey Sien’s exhibition titled “Di Situ: An Exhibition” dives deep in understanding the relationship between artworks and place, and Rebecca Yeoh’s exhibition titled “May We…” revolves around the perception on May 13, 1969 in the generation today.  

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The event schedule for both exhibitions is available here.

Title: Di Situ: An Exhibition
Venue: KongsiKL, Gudang Yee Seng 2
Duration: 29 January – 7 February 2021
Pre-exhibition fieldwork workshops: 16 – 26 January 2021
Admission: Free. Details on operating hours to be announced soon.  

Curator: Low Pey Sien
Artists: Lee Soon Yong, Lee Ren Xin, Ridhwan Saidi, Novia Shin
Co-presented by: KongsiKL
Venue collaborator: EXSIM

"Di Situ: An Exhibition" showcases both artists and their artwork that are on site, be it sensitive to their place or out-of-place. The exhibition consists of three fundamental “sites”, Gudang Yee Seng 2, Meanwhile Elsewhere and Site Now, looking at interpretation and expression of diverse creatives working on their time and space, in different contexts. This exhibition puts forward a core question on what is the relationship of a place with our work. 

Date and time is subject to change.

(not so) GRAND OPENING of "Di Situ: An Exhibition"
Friday, 29 January 2021, 9:00 PM via Zoom

CONVERSATION 1 – di Laut/ Hutan: Interdisciplinary Works of Art with Afiq Durrani & Shufitri M. Shukardi, Shaq Koyok & Syarifah Nadhirah, and Nisa Nordin as Moderator
Sunday, 31 January 2021, 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM via Zoom

CONVERSATION 2 – di Jalan Klang Lama/ Wakabacho/ Yau Ma Tei: Changing Notion of Site with Time with Mah Jun Yi, Zulu Kageyama (Yokohama, Japan), Lee Chun Fung (Hong Kong), and Yap Sau Bin as Moderator.
Saturday, 6 February 2021, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM via Zoom

CONVERSATION 3 – di Gudang Yee Seng 2: Working on-site with Novia Shin, Lee Soon Yong, Low Pey Sien, and Andrew Loo Hong Chuang as Moderator
Sunday, 7 February 2021, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM via Zoom

SCREENING Meanwhile Elsewhere Interview Video + Q&A with Ridhwan Saidi, Lee Ren Xin, Amirul Rahman and Mah Jun Yi
Friday, 5 February 2021, 8:30 PM via Zoom


FIELDWORK A - Where Are You: A Walking Study with Lee Ren Xin
From 17 to 26 January 2021, to be carried out remotely in each own location
Open to any adults residing in Malaysia & Southeast Asia.
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FIELDWORK B – Monolog Teater: instant virtual theatre in 3 days with Ridhwan Saidi
Workshop from 22 to 24 January 2021. Open to all. Register via link:
Public viewing: Show + Q&A on Sunday, 24 January 2021, 8:30 PM via Zoom

Trained as an architect, Pey Sien now works as a photographer, filmmaker and designer. Her video and visual works explore the relationship between space, place and people. Pey Sien joined KongsiKL in 2018. In 2019, she participated in Koganecho Bazaar: Artist-in-Residence Manager: Internship in Residence Program. She is now materializing her program under the proposed during the Curatorial Workshop 2020 organized by JFKL.  


Title: May We...
Venue: Tun Perak Co-op
Duration: 16 January 2021 - 7 February 2021
Admission: Free. Details on operating hours to be announced soon.

Curator: Rebecca Yeoh
Co-curator: Azzad Diah
Artists: Shamin Sahrum, Dhavinder Singh, Ali Alasri, Paul Nickson  Supported by: Tun Perak Co-op

"May We..." explores the views of the generation of today around the incident of May 13, 1969, also known to be the darkest day in Malaysia. It was difficult to speak about the incident, due to family trauma or taboo surrounding the subject; especially after the incident is deemed to be a sensitive topic. Leading to the fear of forgetting a significant piece of Malaysia history. The four participating artists will interpret the complex history through layers of resources; the existing artworks, made between 1969 - 1970, in response to the riots, personal family memories and given factual, written accounts of the riots, based on one common connection, an intergenerational fear, anxiety and discontent. These are expressed in the form of installations that fundamentally invites audiences through a process of understanding the importance of memory and questioning, hurting and healing, comprehending the burden of narratives and passing them along, as well as the act of cleansing and respect.

Date and time is subject to change.

Details to be announced soon.

WORKSHOP - Reflection/Exchange: Memory Recollection
(for inquiry: email beck.yeoh[at]

Present/Presence: Conversation with Paul and Dhavinder with Azzad Diah as Moderator
Thursday, 21 January 2021, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM via Zoom & Livestream via JFKL's Facebook

CONVERSATION 1 – Imagining the past and future with Nadiah Bamadhaj, Hassan Muthalib, Chang Yoong Chia and Rebecca Yeoh as Moderator
Sunday, 24 January 2021, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM via Zoom & Livestream via JFKL's Facebook

Behind the scenes: Ingat dan lupa itu sama - Conversation with Ali and Collaborators
(Bryan Chang & Yiky Chew)
Thursday, 28 January 2021, 8:00 PM via Zoom & Livestream via JFKL's Facebook

CONVERSATION 2 – Boiling Point: Spaces of remembrance with Ong Kar Jin, Dr. Por Heong Hong and Aidila Razak as moderator
Sunday, 31 January 2021, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM via Zoom & Livestream via JFKL's Facebook

CONVERSATION 3 – Perspectives in history with Shamin Sahrum, Dhavinder Singh, Ali Alasri, Paul Nickson and Rebecca Yeoh as moderator
Saturday, 6 February 2021, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM via Zoom & Livestream via JFKL's Facebook

Rebecca is an independent curator, content writer and educator with experience curating shows in Venice, Penang and Kuala Lumpur. She holds an MA from the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London. She completed her BA in English Language and Literature Studies at Universiti Sains Malaysia. Rebecca is interested memory studies, post-colonial literature and language. Her forthcoming projects involve world-building, memory and literature surrounding May 13, 1969, racial riots in Malaysia funded by CENDANA and British Council respectively.  
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