For SB2019, Sharon Chin presents a large-scale fabric installation comprising monochromatic banners in sky blue, dark blue, red, green and white. The banners are meticulously quilted from fabric cut-outs salvaged from discarded political flags collected by the artist after the recent Malaysian general election. The colours of these flags represent different political parties and ideologies, and also signify a coded description of the nation’s lived history, encompassing the attitudes and aspirations of everyday folk. Incorporating a public participation element – members of the public were invited to gather and sew something on these banners – the work explores how power is negotiated in both private and public spheres through participation and performance.
Sharon Chin (b. 1980, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) is an artist, curator and activist who locates the body as a space of action to negotiate codified systems of place, history and language. Working across a variety of media such as performance, installation, sculpture, drawings and text, Chin produces work that is often simultaneously political, performative and personal. Her work has been exhibited locally and internationally, including at A+ Works of Art (Malaysia, 2018), Chan + Hori Contemporary (Singapore, 2017), the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Brisbane, 2015) and the Singapore Biennale (2013). She lives and works in Port Dickson, Malaysia.