Today I met Lim Wei-Ling who was friendly enough to say hi to me and chatted with me at the announcement of Malaysia’s inaugural participation at the 58th Venice Biennale or La Biennale di Venezia. It’s Malaysia’s first ever participation in the mother of art biennales and the olympics of contemporary art spearheaded by Wei Ling Gallery and endorsed by the National Art Gallery. While it’s nice to see that the Malaysian art scene has been elevated to the next level where our artists now will have a new added ambition – for their works to be featured in Venice at our own Malaysian Pavilion alongside other 91 participating countries; it is also nice to chat up with people who you can feel their genuine sincerity or keikhlasan in breaking the barrier for our Malaysian artists to have more chances in the eyes of the world.
Let art be one of the most warm and inclusive platforms for us to bridge connections and break stigmas of egoistic and self-indulged efforts. Thank you Wei Ling Gallery for the invitation and congratulations again to Anurendra Jegadeva, H H Lim, Ivan Lam and Zulkifli Yusof!