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Recap: Zakii at the LSE

Having had the chance to catch our breath, we’d like to take the chance to share our filming experience at the LSE! It was a brilliant event that offered a vital new perspective on the star of our film.

A quick recap for anyone coming to this story for the first time: last month, Zakii made a special appearance in the London School of Economic’s Literary Festival. One of the talks was on ‘Rebellion and Foundation': among other things, it examined how creative freedom is affected when a country’s economic success becomes its most important goal. Zakii’s contribution to the talk was to share some of his artwork with the audience and discuss his creative process.

Zakii arriving at the LSE New Academic Building, where the talk took place.

Zakii arriving at the LSE New Academic Building, where the talk took place.

The event included several speakers, but Zakii’s section (which naturally we were interested in) was far reaching, explaining the motivation behind his paintings, what painting meant to him and how he began painting in the first place. It also examined some of his work firsthand, and was a wonderful introduction for people encountering his work for the first time.

A picture from 'Zakii's Tales from the Perfumed Garden,' which Zakii discussed at the talk. It's a great encapsulation of both his talent and his subtly rebellious nature.

A picture from ‘Zakii’s Tales from the Perfumed Garden,’ which Zakii discussed at the talk. It’s a great encapsulation of both his talent and his subtly rebellious nature.

Zakii's series of 'Smokers' paintings are a subtle allusion to Asian culture and an unwitting self-portrait of the artist, at least to begin with. Image courtesy of Ahmad Zakii Anwar.

Zakii’s series of ‘Smokers’ paintings are a subtle allusion to Asian culture and an unwitting self-portrait of the artist, at least to begin with. Image courtesy of Ahmad Zakii Anwar.

Zakii’s LSE talk was a fantastic opportunity for us to see the star of our film in a vibrant and exciting new context, and we can’t wait to share a little more of what we got up to very soon: as you’ve probably seen already, London’s variety of locations is staggering and we were able to create some really interesting visuals during our brief foray into the city.

Above all, Zakii’s talk shows that art can’t exist in a vacuum: it needs contextualising for us to understand its deeper meanings, and we believe that footage from the LSE talk now allows us to capture a different side to Zakii and his art for our film. For more information, don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

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