Shalini Ganendra Fine Art



b. 1976   Malaysia


Award winning artist, Minstrel Kuik, like many Chinese Malaysian students, was ‘exported’ to Taiwan for university due to the racial quotas restricting Malaysian university access. After her painting degree, she emigrated to France graduating from the Arles School of Photography in 2006. Driven by a desire to understand, deconstruct and reinvent the notions of the family home, cultural identity and photographic expression, Kuik bases her work on her family and hometown, with no affinity for any particular photographic tradition.


She incorporates various approaches and attaches great importance to editing her images through an organic, thoughtful process. At times diary-like, at other times more deliberately composed; her images are all packed with references. Raw fish and tropical fruit are photographed as ‘found’ installations and reveal links between sculpture and photography. Her work reflects her own alienation regarding her roots, as she distances herself from societal expectations of her position as a woman, teacher and artist.





2013  Winner of the International Photographer Award, Higashikawa Photo Festival, Higashikawa, Japan


2011  Selected by Photoquai 2011, Musée du quai Branly, Paris, France


2010  Short-listed for the Photoquai’s Residency for the project “Merdeka, The Lonesome Club”


2009  Selected by Houston Fotofest in International Discoveries II, FotoFest, Houston, USA


2007  Future Image, selected among 10 Asian emerging photographers to participate digital photography workshop organized by Asia-Europe Foundation

(ASEF), Ireland



Major Exhibitions


2013  Higashikawa Photo Festival, Higashikawa, Japan


2011  Cross+scape, Asean-Korea Contemporary Media Art Exhibition, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea. Jeonbuk Museum of Art,

JeonJu, Korea. GoEun Museum of Photography, Busan, Korea.

Photoquai 2011, Musée du quai Branly, Paris, France

Review: KL, Datum Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival, Map, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tanah Ayeh, Valentine Willie Fine Art and Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung, Indonesia


2010  3 Young Contemporaries, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur

Through The Looking Glass, The Annex, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 2902 Gallery, Singapore


2009  International Discoveries II, FotoFest, Houston, USA

Secured Area, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


2008  See The Water, Alliance Française at Lorong Guerney, The Gallery of Taylor’s University College, Help University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Entry Points Community Project, 1948 art space, Sri Kembangan New Village, Malaysia

Out of Berlin, Pass the picture, The Annex, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


2007  Artsfest, Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), Cork, Ireland

Future Image, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dublin, Ireland

Out of Berlin, Pass the picture, Goethe Institute, Berlin

Biennale of Kuala Lumpur International of Photography, The Annex, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Photos Divers, Festival of Levallois, Levallois, France


2006  Work in Progress, International Festival of Photography of Arles, Arles, France


2003  Does it burn? T’cha Gallery, Paris, France


1999  Sales 0.99, Gallery of National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan