Securing Democracy, One Art Event at a Time

By Ooi Kok Chuen

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The past 20 years – what a reversal of politics, fortunes and notions of freedom!Jumble of the digital-print posters.Posters strung at the MAP Publika boulevard.Poster lauding Mexican feminist artist Frida Kahlo.Poster of the Hindu patron saint of the arts Saraswati Devi.Posters against logging.Hishamuddin Rais taking Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on a tour of the exhibits.Curator Intan Rafiza Abu Bakar.In 1999 a loose group of artists under Wong Hoy Cheong surreptitiously organised the Apa? Siapa? Kenapa? exhibition at a...

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Ooi Kok Chuen

is an art-writer and journalist, and the author of MAHSURI: A Legend Reborn (Ooi Peeps Publishing), an adult contemporary fantasy “movel” (a novel conceived as a mock movie) spun from a local legend.