No Creative Inertia for Malaysian Artists, Thank You

By Ooi Kok Chuen

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Exhibition view at Yee I-Lann & Collaborators: Borneo Heart, Sabah International Convention Centre, Kota Kinabalu, May 1-28, 2021. Photo by Intan Munirah Hamzah
WITH MORE PEOPLE getting vaccinated against Covid-19 with a view to achieving herd immunity, art spaces are opening up again, albeit still under SOPs such as wearing masks, physical distancing, staggered visitorships or appointments. Arts, culture and sports have been the hardest hit by the pandemic with various permutations of MCO over one and a half years.But with no end in sight soon as the virus transmogrifies into more challenging variants, the mantras of Life Must Go On and Living...

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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.