The punk artists of Mount Kinabalu

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Left to right: Freddy, Bam and Rizo Leong pose in front of one of the limited edition copies of the wall-prints they produce.

At the foothills of Mount Kinabalu, an artist collective mixes local issues with DIY art – the punk rock way.

About 100km away from Kota Kinabalu, I find myself standing inside a sunscorched country house, looking at a line of A3-sized posters hanging on the walls.About 100km away from Kota Kinabalu, I find myself standing inside a sunscorched country house, looking at a line of A3-sized posters hanging on the walls.

Dozens of black figures have been printed on multi-coloured paper. A portrait of a Kadazan-Dusun woman in a conical paddy hat catches my attention. She is looking proudly ahead, with beaded earrings hanging from her ears and an intricate necklace from her neck. On top of her hat, the artist has penned “Beads Not Dead” in curling letters.


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