‘Acher Keme’ sculpture exhibition being held for the first time in Ipoh City

by Rosli Mansor

Sculpture enthusiasts will definitely not want to miss the ‘Acher Keme’ sculpture exhibition which is being held for the first time in Ipoh City.

This creative and unique exhibition is taking place from November 9 to 18 at the Black House, People Of Remarkable Talents (PORT).

PORT General Manager, Nur Hanim Mohamed Khairuddin said this exhibition opens up an opportunity for the public to enjoy the works of sculpture produced by UiTM and Vice Versa lecturers which are of high artistic value.

“This exhibition is aimed at elevating visual art works to be more respected and admired, without erasing the elements of local culture and heritage that still exist.

“This exhibition is a collaboration between PORT and Al Biruni Gallery (UiTM Seri Iskandar) involving three UiTM Perak artist-lecturers from the Faculty of Painting and Design (FSSR), namely Aznan Omar, Hilal Mazlan and Hijaz Mohammad.

“Through the works of the three artists, visitors can share a sense of respecting local values ​​and appreciating the things in life that are related to patience and truth around our lives,” he told Ipoh Echo when interviewed in conjunction with the Opening Ceremony of the ‘Acher Sculpture Art Exhibition’ yesterday.

According to Nur Hamin, the lack of sculpture art exhibitions in Malaysia, especially in Perak, became an attraction for the cooperation of the organisation. In addition, it is able to further strengthen the strategic relationship between PORT and UiTM Seri Iskandar in supporting the art movement.

“Previously, through a large-scale exhibition at the Ipoh International Art Festival 2021, PORT has highlighted a special sculpture art exhibition, in addition to appointing five established artists to produce public sculptures.

“In terms of workshops, we still haven’t had time to organise this programme. For now, we are helping to connect target participants with programmes such as Raja Shahriman’s Iron Forging Workshop, which is taking place in Kuala Kangsar,” he said.

Nur Hamin also gave an insight as to why this art of sculpture is less prominent than other arts that attract the interest of the community.

“The lack of focus on artistic and creative elements in the arrangement of the local landscape may be the reason why it is less prominent in the eyes of the community.

“Great sculptors such as Raja Shahriman and Ramlan Abdullah, for example, also come from Perak and receive less exposure. The government should give a stage to the works of sculpture as an attraction of the state.

“We can already think about creating a Sculpture Art Park, like in some developing countries abroad,” he said.

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