Wandering Souls in a Forbidden Land

loading Di Ruang Tamu.

The early-departed art prodigy Zulkifli Mohd Dahalan portrayed Paradise as lost after May 13, 1969.

Humans were shown in large paintings like bare-forked animals, genitals et al on the fringe of development in one, and in another, living a hedonistic hurried lifestyle in an urban setting with bikes and cars vrooming in on jaywalking pedestrians.

Done in the first half of the 1970s, this travesty of frail, emaciated human forms bereft of clothes were stunning, shocking departures from the Malaysian painterly oeuvres of idyllic landscapes, staid portraitures, and then-new Abstract permutations and even the Conceptual Art underpinnings of the 1974 Towards A Mystical Reality.

It was way out, far out. And “cool”.


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