Politik Wangsa Baru (1978 – 2020)

After a print by Ismail Zain titled ‘Al Kesah’ 1988 re-presented in essay on Researchgate.

1978 – The CBS prime-time TV series ‘Dallas’ started screening.

1981 – Mahathir Mohamad became Prime Minister of Malaysia for the first time.

1988 – Ismail Zain presents ‘Digital Collage’ at the National Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.

2006 – Mahathir said “I didn’t want to give the impression that I’m creating a dynasty”.

2020 – Mahathir floated a political scenario in which Mukhriz would become deputy PM.

Source Image: https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Al-Kesah-1988-Computer-print-20cm-x-21cm_fig6_268055501

https://dallas.fandom.com/wiki/Dallas_(first_series)

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/51484

http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news/155577/mahathir-allies-break-away-from-ph-over-choice-of-anwar-as-pm/

A Scroll of Acronyms 1998

KPB, Medium and Dimensions Variable, 1998, Niranjan Rajah

During the height of the financial and political crises of 1998, artist and curator Wong Hoy Cheong organized a show of protest and criticism titled “Siapa? Apa? Kenapa?”, Artis Pro Activ. I sent in a long faxed scroll piece with the above text. This speculative communication art work indexed the major bones of contention, the conspiracy theories and the possible linkages between the local and global political imperatives and instruments of the day.