by Jia Ying Chia
Visits to museums or art shows are one of life’s greatest pleasures and if you didn’t get the chance to see the inimitable ‘Dalam’ by Catama and Borneo Bengel exhibition in Kuching last December, you can now do so as often as you wish via their virtual online tour which launched in January this year. Sarawak-based social enterprise and cultural initiative, Catama, decided to digitalise the experience of ‘Dalam’ which originally debuted in December 2022.
Exhibition curator and Catama Creative Director, Catriona Maddocks, said that they “were really excited to be able to use technology to present this to audiences…and give it a permanent home online”. She called the collection the first of its kind in Kuching, with a diverse range of young contemporary artists and collectives mostly from around Borneo itself, who were experimenting with new mediums.
Dalam is said to explore themes of identity, craft and the inner world – “the Dalam and the Alam that we create, expressed through audio-visual storytelling, craft installations, sculptures, textile art, photography and spatial documentation.”
The virtual tour launch was presented by Maddocks and hosted by creative hub, HAUS KCH; it can be viewed HERE
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