Can the YCA Awards Keep Up with the Times?

By Ooi Kok Chuen

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Afiq Faris (b. 1991, Selangor) Saka-Saka.Joy Ng Mei Lok (b. 1996, KL) SeedSo, the next young superstar in the Malaysian art firmament has been named: Samsudin Wahab. And as the Bakat Muda Sezaman (Young Contemporary Artists, YCA) apparatus wraps up, the perennial poser remains: What now, BMS?Not that much has changed in this 24th edition since its inception 45 years ago as a one-off invitational competition in 1974. Age limit: 30, 35; prize-money from RM2,000 to RM30,000 plus a trip;...

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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.