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Thaipusam: Faith in Action

This Sunday sees Hindu devotees celebrating a key date in the Malaysian calendar. Bringing together people from around the world, Thaipusam is a time of astonishing devotion.

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Happy Malaysia Day!

Malaysians across the country will be recognising Malaysia Day, an important historical event for their country. It’s distinct from National Day (also known as Hari Merdeka) and marks the day that the Malaysia we know was created.

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The Power of Symbols

As you’ve seen in articles such as this one, Zakii’s work covers a wide range of subject matter. What’s perhaps more striking is how Zakii’s work engages with religion and faith. He is both overt and subtle. That’s part of his craft – he has a knack for creating a visual and emotional tension that elevates his paintings and drawings beyond mere verisimilitude. We’re …

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Independence Day: American and Malaysian Independence

Last weekend Americans proudly celebrated Independence Day on the 4th of July, a hugely significant day in the US calendar. We thought we’d take a moment to explore the similarities between America and Malaysia’s fights for political independence, as there are a number of key overlaps and themes that feed into our film.

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Peer Review

Those of you following our Facebook and Twitter feeds will have seen the art from some fellow Malaysian artists we posted online. This was done partially to highlight just how diverse art from the region is, but also to demonstrate how Zakii differs from his fellow countrymen, and in part why we wanted to make a film about him and …

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Speaking with Jin: The Backdrop of History

Today’s conversation with Jin looks briefly at Malaysia’s history, and some of the challenges Zakii faced to become an artist. Zakii was born in 1955, and he was raised in an interesting era of Malaysia’s history. Malaysia used to be called Malaya, when it was under British colonial rule. It became independent in 1957 and renamed itself Malaysia in 1963, …

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