Victor Chin’s Empathy

Victor Chin's Empathy photo exhibition at KLPac
Victor Chin, his son See Num and Peter Tan at Empathy – Portraits of Disability photo exhibition at KLPac.
Photo by Wuan.

Multimedia artist Victor Chin is currently holding an exhibition on his third series photographs of disabled people in black and white prints at Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPac). On the 7th of February, he held a party for subjects of the exhibition and his friends at the same venue where Wuan and I attended with Christine, Elizabeth and our new friend Yoshie from the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV).

Victor Chin and Peter Tan at KL Sentral
Victor Chin and Peter Tan at KL Sentral.Photo by Wuan.

Victor took some photographs of a group of us when we were at KL Sentral with students from University Malaya for an access audit exercise in May last year. I had complained about the ramp with the extremely steep gradient at Sooka Sentral which led to the building management agreeing to an access audit of the premises.

Victor Chin's Empathy - Portraits of Disability photo exhibition at KLPac
Portraits of me at Victor Chin’s Empathy – Portraits of Disability photo exhibition at KLPac.
Photo by Wuan.

Someone asked me why I looked so sombre in the photographs. There is really nothing to be cheerful about when many of the facilities at KL Sentral were not accessible for a wheelchair user like me. Hopefully, the management of KL Sentral will take corrective measures on the recommendations and feedback provided by the students.

Below is the flyer of the exhibition. It ends on February 28.

Victor Chin's Empathy photo exhibition flyer

Welcome To Sooka Sentral

Ramp at Sooka Sentral
There is nothing appetizing about this ramp.
File photo dated December 29, 2007.
Photo by Wuan.

Sooka Sentral is one of the newest landmark in Kuala Lumpur. It is located opposite the Stesen Sentral departure entrance. Both Sooka Sentral and Stesen Sentral are part of the Kuala Lumpur Sentral (KL Sentral) project that is being promoted as Malaysia’s largest transit hub.

This is the ramp leading to Sooka Sentral. This is an example of building a ramp for the sake of building a ramp. It does not serve any purpose except to show that there is a ramp leading to the building. No wheelchair user can get himself up that ramp, not even with assistance. Besides, there is no curb ramp from the road to this particular ramp. Wuan had to lift my wheelchair up a six inch curb to get to it.