As with any thought-provoking installation, Latiff Mohidin’s “Langkawi” series, on show at Chan+Hori Contemporary, evokes a large range of perceptions from its audience. A cursory survey of his arca dinding will bring to mind many different things for different people. Some have compared them to rice, the life-giving grain so important to the region. Others have commented on their capsular shape, joint in their completeness and pregnant with energy. There have been associations to the lingam, the divine generative male force in Hinduism, and its counterpart the yoni, the regenerative female force within it. Others have Islamic interpretations of the work, with the semi-circles book-ending the sculptures said to reference domes of mosques, and the square in the centre placing the Divine Kaaba within the Human.
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Article Publish at July 10, 2018