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Tuesday, 2 October 2012

MENJEJAK CAHAYA - BACALAH (TRACING THE LIGHT - PROCLAIM)



Title                
Proclaim
Year                
1993
Material           
Single Channel Video(also produced in an Artist's Book & Collage forms)
Exhibition/Publication
  • 3M VHQ Malaysian Video Awards, Kuala Lumpur, 1994 (Winner, Best Experimental Video)
  • Skin Trilogy, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, 1995
  • FEAVS, Far East Audio-Video Socialization 2009, South Korea, 2009
Collection
Artist 



Excerpt from Zanita Anuar, "Reading Jamal - Indulging in Beautiful Complexities" in "In Between The Lines - Solo Exhibition (Drawings 1979-2008)", Muzium & Galeri Tuanku Fauziah, 12 & Chandan Gallery, Penang, 2008. (p.9)

"The markings that matter most in Jamal's oeuvre can be found in the five sets of works entitled 'Proclaim', executed in 1994, which include markings, the written words in letters from his father. The writings of his father are mediated reflections of his teachings and generated from the teachings of the Quran. Hence, to 'proclaim' or 'read aloud' is translated to Arabic as Iqra, and is one word that is associated with the first direct revelation to the prophet Muhammad. For Jamal, the circumstances, material, physical and spiritual in which he has been ordained to perform, as a visual artist, are circumstances within which he must deliver his artistic ideology, anchored upon the notion of a divine dynamic internalised." 

With "Proclaim" (1993), Digital print, collage and drawing version. Collection of the National Visual Art Gallery of Malaysia.

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