Hamlet At KLPac

Wuan and I with two cast members of Hamlet at KLPac - Izmir Husein and Mike Tan
Wuan and I with the cast members of Hamlet at KLPac.
(L to r) Izmir Husein as Hamlet and Mike Tan as Horatio.
Photo by Victor Chin.

Victor Chin, Wuan and I watched Hamlet at KLPac last Saturday courtesy of the play’s director Chris Ling. I have never watched a live Shakespearean play before and was expecting to fall asleep halfway through. How wrong I was! I thoroughly enjoyed it. The action was intense with the transition between scenes seamless. I regret that I could only watch the first half as Victor, Wuan, and I had to man the counter at our exhibition.

Exits – The Mystery Of Death

Victor Chin, Peter Tan and Wuan at there photo exhibition at KLPac

About one year ago, Victor Chin bandied around the idea of Wuan and I holding a joint photo exhibition with him. The theme would be about the death of our mothers. We both have posted entries about the death of our mothers in our blogs respectively. As timing would have it, KLPac (Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre) gave us a slot just right after our wedding banquet in Penang.

As Victor would be traveling up to Penang for the banquet too, we had to do some juggling with our deadline to ensure that everything for the exhibition were done before we leave Kuala Lumpur. In fact, Victor did most of the work in organising the photographs and then send them for post-processing, printing and finally to the framer for stretching the printouts.

When we got the frames hung up on Monday, Victor announced to us that we got an extension to run the exhibition until September 13. It was originally slated to end on August 30. Friends and readers of The Digital Awakening are invited to view the images at Pentas 2 Foyer of KLPac. It is opened to the public from 10am to 10pm daily.

Why did we chose to showcase our deceased mothers? This is something that we would like to share during walkabouts and open discussions with visitors on every Saturday and Sunday (22, 23, 29 & 30 August and 5, 6, 12 & 13 September) from 2pm to 4pm. Do drop by.

The Star also ran an article on this exhibition titled “Pictures that speak a thousand words” in StarMetro yesterday (August 18, 2009).

Leaftlet of Exits - The Mystery of Death

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