In Awed Appreciation of PAGO-PAGO

By Ooi Kok Chuen

February 2013 PENANG PALETTE
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Roulodge, Port Dickson, oil on masonie board, 1958.
One of Malaysia’s greatest artists is honoured again through an extensive exhibition that mirrors his life. Latiff Mohidin’s life has been a powerful journey decorated with awards.Dark Pago-Pago, oil on canvas, 1967.It is moot if so many Pago-Pago works of Malaysia’s great artist Latiff Mohidin can ever be assembled again under one roof, what more for a marathon six-month stretch. Pago-Pago is one of the most iconic and defining works in South-East Asian art in terms of socio- historical depth...

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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.