Art Talk

ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES
By Swee Chin PAN
sweechinp@yahoo.co.uk

TUESDAY 9 OCTOBER 2012

7 PM
 
@ Wei-Ling Gallery (Brickfields)
 
 
First, it was the anniversary lunch on Monday, 17 September. Then the launching of the book, A Decade of Collecting, followed on the evening of 25 September. Singapore was on the agenda the following week when Anurendra Jegadeva’s Letters to Mr. Hitler opened at The Arts House on Thursday, 4 October. Now this opening of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves by Noor Azizan Rahman Paiman, and I know that Wei-Ling was on ntv7’s Breakfast Show in the morning…All this in 3 weeks?! Well done, Wei-Ling and team! It will indeed be a 10th anniversary to remember!

Fadhli Ariffin, Paiman & Izzat Mustaffa


 
Back to this exhibition…This is Paiman’s 3rd solo exhibition and his second with Wei-Ling Gallery (Brickfields). His last exhibition in 2009 entitled, Malaysia - 365 Days of 2008, was a compilation and documentation of the year 2008 where Paiman went through all the major newspapers daily and extracted a statement that best reflected the sentiment of that day...I remember that exhibition. Paiman is such a detailed and meticulous man!


Adrian Symons, Georgie Ichikawa, Anna & David Hiscock
 

Vanessa, Wei-Ling & Pauline Fan
 

Fittrah, Firdaus & Ali
 

Ling & Hsien Huey
 

Musrizal Mat Isa, Alizam Hassan, Paiman & Badrol Hisham

Syed Alwi, Izzan Khairi & Samsudin Wahab

Paiman continues on the same social/political vein with his 41 paintings. I must say, I love the colours and the titles of the paintings. Here are just some of them: There is a wonder boy in their party; The jet engines were stolen; Only because of the button their party collapsed in Sabah; The Auditor flies to Hong Kong on July 1983; The speaker's power collapses in the north…Aren’t they the best!?
 
My favourite painting has the most wonderful title too - The Wiseman actually was a salesman, a broker and a robber of our property. Don’t you love it?

 
This is Paiman’s favourite, We choose to vote.

 
The exhibition was officially opened by Eddin Khoo. For you who do not know, Eddin is a poet, writer, journalist and translator as well as Founder-Director of the cultural organisation, PUSAKA (an NGO that preserves and promotes traditional Malaysian art forms such as Wayang Kulit, Mak Yong, Main Puteri and Menora).
Eddin was there that evening to represent his father, Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Khoo Kay Kim, who is not well. And the story Eddin shared with us when his father returned home from hospital that day, was that he had requested to watch a movie, a P Ramlee movie as they were his favourites. And out of the numerous P Ramlee movies, he chose Ali Baba Bujang Lapok! What a coincidence, eh?  
 
You must go and see how Paiman has captured and documented Malaysia’s political situation for the last 40 years. And I cannot agree with Eddin more when he ended his speech with this phrase: This is an imperative and necessary show.

 Patrice & Eddin
 
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves will be on at Wei-Ling Gallery, Brickfields until 30 November 2012. For more information please visit: http://www.weiling-gallery.com/AliBabaAndtheFortyThieves.html
 
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