BIOGRAPHY OF THE CHIEF CURATOR
PROFESSOR ZULKIFLI YUSOFF
Zulkifli Yusoff is an artist that had been working in the art scene for over thirty years, while also in service as a lecturer for over twenty years at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), Tanjong Malim, Perak, Malaysia. He received the National Academic Award (Art Category) in 2007 and a VK7 Professor in Fine Arts as of 2017.
As an artist, he had exhibited in both national and international levels since the 1980s to this day. He received several awards in his career, among them was first prize winner for Bakat Muda Sezaman 1988 and 1989 hosted by the National Art Gallery, and in Salon Malaysia 1992, hosted by the Ministry of Culture and Arts.
Among his international exhibitions, especially Art Bienalle, is the Seychelles Visual Arts Biennale, at the Carniege Museum, Seychelles in 1992, alongside the First Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, in Brisbane, Australia in 1993 with his work ‘Immunity’. Furthermore, is the Venice Biennale, Italy later on in 1997 titled Modernities and Memories: Recent works from the Islamic world, with his work ‘Don’t Play During Maghrib’, followed by the Singapore Biennale, titled ‘’If the World Changed’’ at the Singapore Art Museum in 2013, with his entry ‘’Believe in God’’.
Zulkifli Yusoff is also part of the National Art Gallery Board of Directors since 2016, and is part of the heritage expert(Fine Arts) committee member that was endorsed by the Malaysia Ministry of Heritage.
Faizal Sidik (b 1978) is a curator exhibition department at the National Art Gallery (NAG) of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. He graduated with a BFA from the Mara Technological University (2000) and is also an artist whose sculptures, installations and abstract works are focused on the idea of the collective conscience and working on songket textile designs. Prior to his post as curator at NAG, Faizal had various stints as lecturer at AFDA Academy (Art Film Design Academy), MTDC Multimedia Academy and Mara Technological University.
Earlier in 2012, Faizal curated ‘Conceptual Art, from the collection of National Visual Arts Gallery’ and in 2011, ‘Wayang U-Wei Angkat Saksi’, a survey of the works by the Malaysian prominent film-maker U-Wei Haji Shaari. Faizal has also contributed to various publications and have been especially interested in investigating the dynamics and relationships between the producers of art such as artists, artists-curators and curators. Recent contributions include publications such as ‘ASEAN Art: Five Decades of Development and Challenges’ published by Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery (2015), ‘The Transformation of Roles: Curatist – Artist as Curators’, Senikini (2014), ‘Revolution in Malaysia Art, Sociocultural and Political Experiences Through Young Contemporaries from the 1970s until Today’, National Art Gallery, (2010). In 2013 Faizal was co-curator of the 4th Singapore Biennale.
Baktiar Naim graduated from UiTM. He joined National Art Gallery since 2006 as Assistant Curator and currently is a Curator in Research and Exhibition Department, NVAG. He curated several exhibition of Saksi & Bukti in 2008, Absur(d)city in 2014, ReadRawing co-curated with Erry Arham, Petronas Gallery in 2014, Recent Acquisition in 2015, Mnemonic Capturing in 2015 collaborated with Galeri Seni Johore and Mapping Malaysian Modern Art History in 2016. In 2017, he involved with curatorial team and focus of Belas stories research for KL Biennale.
TAN HUI KOON
Tan Hui Koon, graduated from USM in 2007 has emerge her art making practice into periphery of curatorial. She currently is a curator in the National Visual Arts Gallery Malaysia. Since past 5 years, Hui Koon lead Education Division, creating and programming substance educational programs, proposing public engagement and audience building strategy. She curated Aliran for young emerging artists exhibition in 2013; co-curating Immaterial Frontiers 2.0, a South East Asia media art exhibition in 2014; and created a community project, Gerakan Seni (Art On The Move) in 2015 as artistic director. Hui Koon also research on Malaysia contemporary artist collectives since 1970s – 2000s. She is now part of the curatorial team for Mapping: Malaysia Modern Art History 1920-1970 permanent exhibition of the National Visual Arts Gallery.