• Karrang Kunred / Mother-Land

    20 April to 26 May 2018

Old Wave Brings Empty Shells — 31 January to 17 February 2018

Old Wave Brings Empty Shells
Minstrel Kuik
Curated by Jasmin Stephens
31 January to 17 February

Opening Wednesday 31 January, 6pm
Gallery Conversations
Minstrel Kuik and Jasmin Stephens
Wednesday 31 January, 5.30pm
Saturday 3 February, 2.30pm

Minstrel Kuik is an artist whose conceptual approach leads her to work in two-dimensional and three-dimensional formats. She lives in Kajang, Malaysia, and studied painting in Taiwan before studying photography in Arles, France. Her work is informed by the histories of oppositional and feminist politics in Southeast Asia.

In her exhibition, Minstrel is situating herself as an artist who feels the necessity to address the politics of the place where she lives and as a voter who is trying to understand how democracy in her country works.

About Minstrel Kuik
Minstrel Kuik has exhibited across the photographic world – notably at FotoFest, Houston; Photoquai, Musée du quai Branly, Paris; and at the Lishui Biennial Photography Festival in China. Recently, she has undertaken a residency with Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Japan and exhibited at Lumenvisum in Hong Kong and Sa Sa Bassac in Phnom Penh. In 2017 she was part of group shows – Our Studio Selves at Artspace Ideas Platform in Sydney and Imagined Communities, Nationalism and Violence at Rubber Factory, New York. Minstrel is represented by Richard Koh Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur.

About Jasmin Stephens
Jasmin Stephens is a freelance curator who lives in Sydney. She has contributed to programming conducted by institutions and led by artists in Australia, Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan. She teaches Visual and Museum Cultures of the Asia Pacific in the Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership at UNSW Art and Design and is curating Lucas Ihlein: Diagrammatic which opens at Deakin University Art Gallery in Melbourne in April.

Minstrel is in residence at The Cross Art Projects until Monday 5 February. If you would like to meet Minstrel please don’t hesitate to contact Jasmin Stephens on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Minstrel’s residency and exhibition is generously supported by a group of supporters associated with independent platform Contemporary Art and Feminism which has links to the Power Institute of Fine Arts at The University of Sydney, Sydney. Contemporary Art and Feminism supported Alex Martinis Roe’s residency at The Cross Art Projects in 2016.

Banner image: Old Wave (detail), 2015, mixed media, original unlit version, 160 x 110 cm

Links

Old Wave Brings Empty Shells: Interview with Minstrel Kuik by Chloé Wolifson > Download as pdf

Domesticated Politics (detail), 2016, digital print on fabric, nine pieces, each 80 x 48 cm, Collection Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

Old Wave, 2015, mixed media, original unlit version, 160 x 110 cm

Vote and Vow, 2015, installation with digital laser print and blue fluorescent light, dimensions variable

Minstrel Kuik, from the series, The Gridded Ghosts, 2016, archival pigment prints. One of 10 pieces, each 60 cm x 46 cm (paper size), edition of three.

Minstrel Kuik, from the series, The Gridded Ghosts, 2016, archival pigment prints. One of 10 pieces, each 60 cm x 46 cm (paper size), edition of three.

Minstrel Kuik, Concerning the Political Space in Art (the Flags), 2018, mixed media – flags, pins and cotton thread. Each 42 x 29 x 4 cm

Minstrel Kuik, Concerning the Political Space in Art (the Flags), 2018, mixed media – flags, pins and cotton thread. Each 42 x 29 x 4 cm

Minstrel Kuik, Concerning the Political Space in Art (the Flags), 2018, mixed media – flags, pins and cotton thread. Each 42 x 29 x 4 cm

Minstrel Kuik, Concerning the Political Space in Art (the Flags), 2018, mixed media – flags, pins and cotton thread. Each 42 x 29 x 4 cm

At the opening conversation of Old Wave Brings Empty Shells, artist Minstrel Kuik in conversation with exhibition curator Jasmin Stephens create multi-layered cultural and political insights. Next conversation is Saturday 3 February at 2.30pm