Mix-Media Art Exhibition Nomadic Existence

GI60: Nomadic Existence © TBC

Sat, 01.10.2022 -
Mon, 31.10.2022

A Tribute to Zweig, Magellan and Enrique de Malacca

In conjunction of Enrique de Malacca’s 500th anniversary of his liberation, Stefan Zweig’s 80th death anniversary and Goethe-Institut Malaysia’s 60th anniversary, the artist Ahmad Fuad Osman shows newly created artworks following his research of works by living or deceased authors, by finding convergences and bringing together consolidated messages of healing, catharsis, and self-liberation for all generations of victims of war, post-colonialism and politics. 
As a continuation of his existing art research project “Enrique de Malacca Memorial Project”, this extension allows better understanding of the identified characters with a greater fabric of traversing different boundaries during their time and attributed psychology.  
The resulting works, as posthumous art, based on a complete recreation of their biographies and/or stories, through various media and narrative tools, commemorate the existence of these characters, their ambitions, their adventures, their liberation and their legacy.  

Ahmad Fuad Osman

Born in 1969, Ahmad Fuad Osman left his hometown of Baling, Kedah in 1987 to obtain a degree in Fine Arts degree at the then Institute Teknologi MARA (now Universiti Teknologi MARA UiTM). 

He is one of the founding members of the artist collective Matahati, which was established in the 1990s and played a very important role in the development of Malaysian contemporary art: providing exhibition spaces and art residency programs to emerging Malaysian artists, supporting them to become known beyond the country's borders. As a founding member of this movement, Ahmad Fuad Osman has also contributed to raising awareness and perception of art among the Malaysian public through events such as dialogues, discussions, workshops. 

As for his own art, he is concerned with the dichotomy of human existence. For Ahmad Fuad, it is the constant negotiation between the ever-existing 'two forces' that constitute us as human beings: ecstasy and anguish, hope and despair, spirit and matter, love and hate, impermanence and ambiguity, wealth and lack. Ahmad Fuad believes "that art can help us change, move, learn, grow, liberate, reflect, examine, analyze, share, and live." His works don't necessarily tell a story, although he draws inspiration from stories he has heard or read about and other people's experiences; they are meant to inspire reflection and questioning and to stir emotion. 

As an artist, he has no preferences in terms of materials, styles, medium, and sets no limits in his creation (except his own morals and religious views), thus "art becomes a window through which I have the freedom to know life, the world and its creator." Ahmad Fuad Osman 

His work has found worldwide acclaim, exhibited in institutions such as the National Visual Art Gallery and Petronas Gallery Malaysia; Tacheles Berlin, Germany; The Seoul Metropolitan Art Museum, Korea; Singapore Art Museum; Gertrude Art Centre, Melbourne, Australia; Guangdong Museum of Art China; Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan; Manes Gallery, Czech Republic; Red Mill Gallery, Vermont USA and many other galleries and museums.