In the year 2014, Langkawi Island hosted the first “Art Biennale” in Malaysia. The event was organised by “Art Malaysia Association”.
As It comes in the LAB 2014‘s website: The idea behind that was not only ultimately developing and fostering the Island as a new destination for art enthusiasts and people around the world. It also aspires to seek out possibilities for expression in contemporary art within the context of Langkawi, by showcasing the work of 250 local and international artists from 38 countries.
The theme of the event was “Migration” a reflection of our highly globalised world, where the movement of people and mobility has become more seamless than ever in borderless world.
I had a privileged of covering the event as a documentary photographer, which was fantastic.
Having a chance to meet so many artists from all over the world is itself really interesting, imagine you get the chance to talk to them about their artworks and that is not something you come across everyday.
They had many activities such as painting in a group, playing music, singing, dancing, which some were created by organizers and some by artists themselves.
I tried to capture their moments in exhibition, from the arrival of their guest “the minister of tourism Malaysia” and “former prime minister of Malaysia” to their traditional walk to the ceremony and their happy moments during the event.
I talked to some of them about their thoughts of the event and also their artworks, which was really interesting.
The article and the photos from the event has been published in Langkawi Art Biennale website which I am really proud of.
I would like to share some of the photos and artist’s thought here with you and the rest you can find here: “From the lens of Anahita Ghazanfari”
1 FRANCOISE ISSALY (FRANCE)
The Idea of migration for me is very important because it’s just makes us as human seeing things in a larger scales and in a more feasible way.
2 FATHOLLAH MARZBAN (IRAN)
I believe that in my age it’s better to stay in your country, there is no such thing as a better world for me anymore, however I think young people need to go and find their way. They have to see the world.
3 LENA KELEKIAN SULAHIAN (LEBANON)
In my painting I have a group of colorful people migrating, because wherever you go you should be happy.
4 LEN ZUKS (AUSTRALIA)
After the second world war my father went to Germany from Latvia, my mother went to Germany from the Ukraine, and they moved to Australia. The year after I was born in Australia and I am so glad that they did move to Australia. My hurts goes out to people who migrate to other countries but can not go back.
5 MISHKO DESOUSKI (MACEDONIA/AUSTRALIA)
The topic of this exhibition is really interesting, even though maybe the works itself does not reflect that. The Idea that they brought us here from almost all around the world it give us kind of migrate concept behind that.