cipher II, Sayang
Navigating contemporary Orientalism and postcolonial identity through a deliberate centering of the Othered body, this
exhibition introduces Azura Lovisa’s work to the public through a presentation of her most recent fashion collection, a film and
photo campaign in collaboration with nemajaro—born out of the shared interest, as women of Southeast Asian
heritage, in subverting the Orientalist gaze—as well as sculpture, collage, books and material from the family archive presented
alongside written accounts by Azura’s mother. As an artist and designer, Azura imagines her fashion collections as chapters
within a greater constellation of work, recognising fashion’s unique particularity and proximity to individual self-construction.
Featuring work by Azura and a team of collaborators— accessories by Tanaporn Wongsa and Birgit Toke Tauka Frietman, set
design by Sheridan Tjhung, photography and videography by nemajaro and lookbook photos by Ana Larruy—the
exhibition seeks to inhabit a space in the imagination which is simultaneously familiar, mythical, and pulsing with potentiality,
channeling various mediums to flesh out an aesthetic and emotional presence. The exhibition is a testament to extracting our
own meanings, locating our own contexts, and learning our own histories via salvaged memory.
The viewer is situated in a space that acknowledges both the conscious fabrication of the imaginary as well as the sensory and
emotional experience of it. The garments are suspended like apparitions within a composite memory palace, a space evocative
of simultaneous displacement and familiarity.
Sayang means sweetheart, darling, to love in Bahasa Melayu. The show ran from 1–2 September 2018 and was presented by XING and Enterprise Projects.