Myst{EO}ry: Duo Exhibition by Fadilah Karim & Guinevere Decena

Double Delight with Msyt{EO}ry
HOM ART TRANS brings together two talents from the Philippines and Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, May 2014 – HOM ART TRANS has made a name for itself as a conduit for regional collaborations and exchanges. The Ampang-based gallery hosts Southeast Asian residency programmes, tours Indonesia and Philippines with their young artists, and this month, adds to that list with an exhibition titled Myst{EO}ry.

A two-person exhibition featuring FadilahKarim and Guinevere Decena, Myst{EO}ry sees the two young talents showcasing their best in terms of figurative art, and the exhibition will run from May24–June7,2014.

Myst{EO}ry takes its cue from HOM ART TRANS’ other cross-country efforts, such as 2011’s Arouse featuring Utin Rini (Indonesia) and Chong Ai Lei (Malaysia), as well as Civilization by Ng Swee Keat (Malaysia) and Heri Cahyono (Indonesia). And, with two bodies of work on offer in Myst{EO}ry, audiences will have not only have variety on their hands, but a veritable chance to chart commonalities and contrasts between the works.

For KL-based Fadilah, the bearded male takes centre stage, indicating a departure from the artist’s long-time fascination with the female figure.

“My works mostly emphasize feelings and anxiety, and the emotions and moods are pictured through colours,” notes the artist, who adds that her move towards the male figure was inspired by her many male friends. 

“To me, even though I have many male acquaintances, men are such mysteries that women find them incomprehensible, so with the background colours, I try to present the mood of my subjects and to emphasize on the body parts of the subjects to bring out the inner emotions,” adds the artist, who was also one of HOM ART TRANS’ Young Gun awards in 2013.

Guinevere, on the other hand, focuses on the fairer sex and has explored the theme of ‘Fragile’ this time around. 

“The exhibit takes fragility as a source of our desire to be stronger. I see fragility as one of the purest, most honest states that we can encounter in our existence, and through this cradle, we change, we move, and strive the way we do.”

Interestingly, Guinevere is an alumnus of HOM ART TRANS’ SAGER (South East Asian Group Exchange) residency programme, and the artist completed the residency’s full tri-city cycle of KL, Jogjakarta, and Manila. Her works for Myst{EO}ry are dedicated to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda, which hit her region last November.

“Bringing these two talents together was an easy decision for us,” argues HOM ART TRANS’ director, Bayu Utomo Radjikin. “Both ladies have a strong approach to the human figure, and their inspiring works tap deep into human emotions, with themes that I believe everybody can relate to”.

Myst{EO}ry will be on display at HOM ART TRANS from May 24 – June 7, 2014. Entrance to the exhibition is free and all are welcome.

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