Kuala Lumpur – The Kedah International Photography Awards will hold a preliminary exhibition which will explore urban transformation and self-reliance. The exhibition which will be held during the Urbanscapes Festival on the 23rd and 24th of this month at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park (MAEPS) in Serdang.
Urbanscapes is Malaysia’s longest running all-day creative arts festival. Spread over two days in November (lovingly dubbed the Big Weekend) the fest offers tons of experiences with something for everyone, including lovers of visual arts.
This exhibition is the first of a series of exhibitions by Kedah International Photography Awards, being held to tell many of the untold stories of Kedah. The northern state is often overlooked in the mainstream media or seen as only the rice bowl of the country. Vivian Toh, the Editor-in-Chief of CUTOUT Magazine and host of the weekly radio show “Designed” has been chosen to curate this exhibition because of edgy approach to design and her hands-on approach.
“I have decided to work with the idea of urban revitalisation and to reuse industrial pallets as the backdrop to the photos which are printed on waterproof material as the exhibition is outdoors. I not only stuck the photos on the wall, I helped build the walls,” stated Vivian Toh.
“I have also chosen a mix of mostly young photographers as it is the young that will inherit the future making them the biggest stakeholders in that future. So their views should be seen and heard. I also want to encourage the young to play an active role in that future as too many in the younger generation are expecting things to be handed to them on a plate but that approach will not work,” she continued.
To date over 1,700 photographs have been entered into the Kedah International Photography Awards. The photographic period is open till the 31st of December. Key sponsors include Firefly, TNB, Langkawii Crystaal and Modenas and organised by Glenreagh Sdn. Bhd. For more information, visit www.KIPA.my.