Incorporation and Exploration of Local Imageries and Identities in Malaysia’s Graffiti Art

Abdullah, Sarena and Mohamad, Norshahidan (2015) Incorporation and Exploration of Local Imageries and Identities in Malaysia’s Graffiti Art. Journal Visual Art & Design, 7 (1). pp. 41-54. ISSN 1978-3078

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Abstract

The production of graffiti art in Malaysia can be traced back to the late 1990’s. Since then, graffiti art has been embraced by local municipalities as well as the National Visual Art Gallery (NVAG) in their public programming and activities. Despite these positive developments, how the local graffiti artists infused local imageries and identities in their work had not been examined. The parallels between graffiti art practices and the development of modern art in Malaysia, made the emergence of forms and themes that reflect local identity in graffiti art not a surprise, as these were also the inherent issues explored by local artists in the domain of fine arts. This paper, hence, discusses the different approaches taken by Malaysia’s graffiti artists, how they incorporate and explored their visual ideas rooted in hip hop culture and the New York City Subway graffiti, with local imageries and identities. This paper will also discuss the history and background of Malaysia’s graffiti art as well as how Malaysian graffiti artists employed various local imageries and identity.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general > NX1-820 Arts in general
Divisions: Pusat Pengajian Seni (School of the Arts)
Zoom Profil Pakar (Expert Profile) > Dr. Sarena Abdullah (Arts)
Depositing User: Administrator Automasi
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2016 05:06
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2017 09:55
URI: http://eprints.usm.my/id/eprint/30908

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