Shalini Ganendra Fine Art

BIBI CHEW

 

b. 1969  Malaysia

 

Moved by ideas of cultural identity, Bibi Chew takes on challenging issues of race, environment and gender, creating commentary through familiar objects. She has used and transformed leaf-wrapped bundles, eggs, glass bottles, sand, wooden boards, butterfly catchers and coffee strainers into metaphors for marginalisation, destruction and containment. She has carved, stitched and layered pieces into a united form.

Her work speaks of a delicately controlled self with underlying hidden meanings.

 

Living in Malaysia, a nation where even one’s identification card details race – the issues of cultural difference and institutionalised ethnicity are unavoidable. Bibi deals with these issues pragmatically, combining an acknowledgement of reality and an ability to see beyond containment.

 

Subtle, compelling and beautifully finished objects characterise the work of Bibi Chew. Refusing to employ the dramatics of direct opposition, Bibi’s art reflects on ambivalence in the politics of difference.

Landed 10, 2016

Acrylic ink on watercolour paper

Selected biography:

 

 

Awards / Recognition

 

2012-2013  Nominated for Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowships, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, USA

 

2005  Awarded a Travel Grant to the 3rd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale

 

2005, Fukuoka, Japan by the Malaysia Ministry of Arts, Culture & Heritage

 

2003  Honorable Mention, 2003-2004 Asian Artist Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center (VSC) Freeman Fellowship, Vermont, USA

 

2000-2001  Major Award Recipient, Young Contemporary Awards 2000, organised by National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

 

1997  200 Gertrude Street Contemporary Art Space, International Visiting Artist’s Studio Residency (Artist-in-Residence, five months), Melbourne, Australia

 

1994  Most Outstanding Student Award, School of Fine Arts, LaSalle-SIA, College of the Arts, Singapore.

 

 

 

Select Exhibitions

 

 

2017  WHAT IF … – Solo Exhibition, Shalini Ganendra Fine Art, Malaysia

 

2017  GOODEARTH – Artistic Inspirations, Earthly Relationships, Petronas Gallery, KLCC, Malaysia.

 

2017  Boundary of (Dis)beliefs – Post-Truth exhibition by Fergana Art in-conjunction with MAP Fest 2017, White Box, MAP, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

2016-2017  Retro Bienniale – National Visual Arts Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

2016  LOOK TO SEE – as part of Gallery Weekend Kuala Lumpur (GWKL) 2016, Shalini Ganendra Fine Art, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

 

2013  Blooming – female artists’ painting exhibition, The Kuala Lumpur & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, Kuala Lumpur

 MIDTERM, SGFA @ Gallery Residence

 

2012  Transit A4 – exhibition in aid of MARS, a non-profit art archive and research support centre, organized by HOM Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

 Snapshots – Art for Nature 2012, organised by WWF Malaysia, Rimbun Dahan, Kuang, Selangor

 

2011  Here Today, Gone Tomorrow – Art for Nature 2011, organised by WWF Malaysia, Rimbun Dahan, Kuang, Selangor

 

2010  Expressing the Mundane – installation works from the PETRONAS Art Collection, Petronas Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

 

2008  200 Gertrude Street Contemporary Art Space, International Visiting Artist’s Studio Residency (Artist-in-Residence, five months), Melbourne, Australia

 

 

 

Significant Collections:

 

 

Central Bank, Malaysia

National Art Gallery, Malaysia

Petronas Gallery Malaysia

Australian High Commission, Malaysia

Singapore Ministry of Information and the Arts, Singapore

Golden Key National Honour Society, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Landed 6, 2016

Acrylic ink on watercolour paper

40 x 30 cm

Landed 5, 2016

Acrylic ink on watercolour paper,

40 x 30 cm

Landed 4, 2016

Acrylic ink on watercolour paper,

40 x 30 cm

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