LondonHaffendi Anuar: Flat Lands
A.I. presents a solo exhibition by artist Haffendi Anuar (b. 1985, Malaysia) titled Flat Lands.
Co-curated by Tatjana LeBoff & co-produced by Pembroke College JCR Art Collection, Oxford, as part of the Emery Prize, which Haffendi Anuar was awarded in 2020.
About the artist
Haffendi Anuar is a multidisciplinary artist living and working between Malaysia & UK. Anuar’s practice includes sculpture, paintings, installations and drawings. His recent work looks at the construction of identity and postcolonialism through objects, history, iconography and architecture, more specifically centred around memories and histories documenting the garment kain pelikat.
Anuar completed a BFA at Rhode Island School of Design, USA and a BA (Hons) Sculpture at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London (2013) as well as an MFA at Ruskin school of Art, University of Oxford (2020). He is the joint winner for the first outdoor sculpture commission for the Battersea power station development in partnership with the Cass Sculpture Foundation in 2017. Anuar was the recipient of the Vivien Leigh 2020 award from the Ashmolean Museum. Anuar’s work was exhibited in Head Heap Heat at The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Singapore and The Horizon is Just an Illusion: New Thoughts on Landscape, Our ArtProjects, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2018. The artist has exhibited internationally. Recent exhibitions include: Condo Shanghai (2018), J:Gallery, Shanghai; The Foot Beneath the Flower (2020), Nanyang Tech University ADM Gallery, Singapore; Midday Stanza (solo) (2019), Richard Koh Fine Art, Singapore; head, heap, heat (2018), Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore and Powerhouse Commission (2017), Battersea Power Station and Cass Sculpture Foundation, London.
Anuar attended Kooshk Residency, Tehran (May 2019). In September 2019 Anuar was selected as one of the artists in the publication ‘100 Sculptures of Tomorrow’ by Kurt Beers.
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About the curator
Tatjana LeBoff is the Curator of the Pembroke College JCR Art Collection, as well as an independent curator. Having previously worked at the Barbican, London and the National Trust, her interests and work are diverse, from contemporary installations to historic interiors; from Georgian print culture to post-war photography. What interweaves through her curatorial practice is a focus on cultural identity, social history and modes of representation, looking for new ways to create experiential exhibitions. Previous exhibitions include The Women Who Made the Collection (Pembroke Gallery, Oxford, 2020); Donna Mann: Reckless Behaviour (Pembroke Gallery, Oxford, 2019); Theaster Gates (Prada Mode, Art Basel Miami, 2018); Es Devlin: Mask (Photo London, 2018); Trajal Harrell: Hoochie Koochie (Barbican, 2017); Station to Station: A project by Doug Aiken (Barbican, 2015) and Eddie Peake: The Forever Loop (Barbican, 2015).
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About the Emery Prize & Pembroke College JCR Art Collection
The Emery Prize is awarded annually to a Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, BFA or MFA finalist. Judged by the Pembroke College JCR Art Fund Collection Committee, the prize is a strand of the committees work which looks to support emerging artists. Pembroke College JCR Art Collection was established in 1947, and today consists of over 350 paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture and prints. The collection now contains works by some of the most notable post-war British artists, and continues to grow with contemporary acquisitions. With a programme of free exhibitions and events, the gallery space is open to students and the public to enjoy the collection, as well as collaborative projects with local artists, curators and students.
Courtesy A.I. & artist. Image Credit, Pedro Lima Photography