The Good Malaysian Woman exhibtion looks like a fascinating exhibition of Malaysian artists exploring “questions that affect women like “whose view”, “what is right or wrong”, “who judges” and “should they judge”.”
Bound Feet Blues explores what it means to be a woman within Chinese culture, going back to ancient times when women in China had bound feet and paralleling that with my own experience of growing up in Malaysia. It touches on gender roles, female desirability and conformity – all themes being explored by the artists in this exhibition.
The exhibition is supported by…
… All Women’s Action Society (AWAM) and Interpr8 Art Space. According to the article on FZ.com:
The work of AWAM focuses on women’s rights and tackles issues of discrimination, and with this exhibition AWAM seeks new ways to broaden the discourse on matters that affect women and create alternative understandings and narratives on ethnicity and religion in Malaysia.
The assistant programme manager of AWAM, Lee Wei San said that “Women, more so than men, are pressured to speak, behave, or dress in specific ways. Women are also stigmatised or persecuted when they do not conform to accepted gender roles, or fit within what society imagines as the ‘the good Malaysian woman’.”
I’d love to go but it’s in Kuala Lumpur and I’m in London. If any of my readers in KL go along and would like to share your impressions, please do drop me a line!
About Yang-May Ooi, Writer & Performer – Bound Feet Blues
Yang-May Ooi is a mixed media author & story performer. Her work explores the power of personal narrative to enchant, inspire and transform. Bound Feet Blues is her first full length solo story performance.