Zulkifli Yusoff is a Malaysian artist who is recognized for his sharp commentary and deep insights into the Malay/Malaysian psyche and historical situation through his art. He is the second Malaysian to show at the Venice Biennale (Don’t Play During Maghrib, 1997, mixed media installation & painting, Modernities & Memories: Recent Works from the Islamic World). At Art Stage Singapore, Zulkifli Yusoff’s work has been shown at T.H.E.O. Arts. Yusoff is also represented at the Singapore Art Museum’s group show The Collectors Show: The Weight of History.
The pieces on display at T.H.E.O. Arts at Art Stage Singapore 2013 are part of the artist’s Rukunegara series. In this video, Seah Tzi-Yan (Director, T.H.E.O. Arts Professionals PL) provides us with information about the artist and the works on display.
Zulkifli Yusoff: Rukunegara 2: The Voice at T.H.E.O. Arts at Art Stage Singapore 2013. Art Stage Singapore, January 25, 2013.
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“Rukunegara is derived from the artist’s ongoing dialogue on nation-building and the making of people. Quickened by the deep trauma of May 13, 1969, Zulkifli examines the reactionary five guiding principles of governance of an emerging nation struggling to mould its diverse and sometimes dissolute ethnicities into one. The second precept in Rukunegara is ‘Loyalty to King and Country’.”