2017-10-29

Dinding Potret Kanta 2014-2017

Jeffrey JC Lim / Dinding Potret Kanta 2014-2017  
Hand-print on Silver Resin Coated paper, aluminium & steel food cans, bottle caps, mounted on oxidised zinc panel / 1975 x 503 x 135 mm / 2017

A collection of portraits of the people of Malaysia. It is an attempt at a typological study of identity through portraiture. Cataloguing the diversity, Jeffrey Lim is exploring and understanding the realities of the socio-circumstances with his subjects, especially among the native & tribal society. As a juxtapose to the definition of nationally-constructed ideals of race and culture, he sees cultural identity changing fast, exerting and redefining itself at these areas of conflict.

Kanta Portraits is a photography project. The artist has built simple box cameras that can print instantly. Simply put, it is a mobile photo studio, made from waste & found materials, the size of a biscuit tin. The uniqueness is in the image, which is a silverprint that is chemically-processed immediately at the point of capture and given to the subject. The project is still on-going, currently exploring rural communities of Borneo. Researching and understanding the anthropology and ethnography similarities and link of Malaysia to the region and beyond.



  1. Perewa Muda, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  2. Sabir, Badera, Nawal Parasi, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  3. June Tan, Kuala Lumpur, 2016
  4. Mastupang Somoi, Kg Sungai Eloi, Sabah, 2017
  5. Shareena Ibrahim, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  6. Ili Sulaiman & Avinesh Kutty, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  7. Poodien, Kuala Lumpur. 2017
  8. Luqman Hakim, Semarak, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  9. Suzieyana & Haslinda, Kg Mengkapur, Sri Jaya, Pahang, 2016
  10. Rezzuan Tajudin, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  11. Ismail, Kg Mengkapur, Sri Jaya, Pahang, 2016
  12. Jo Kukathas / Curry Spice, Kuala Lumpur / London, 2017
  13. Rahim bin Undok, Kg Sungai Eloi, Sabah, 2017
  14. Tikio, Alab Lanas, Sabah, 2017
  15. Mahen Bala, Kuantan, 2017
  16. Alice & Rachael Acker, Boston, 2017
  17. Aiman Arif, Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  18. Yaakob, Belum Forest, Perak, 2015
  19. Foo Chi Wei, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  20. Wan Eng, Long Umang Apok, Sarawak, 2017
  21. Amchamadevi & children, Semarak, Malaysia, 2017
  22. Sharaad Kuttan, Petaling Jaya, 2015
  23. Aedewan Adnan, Shah Alam, Selangor, 2015
  24. Rico, Zico & Rizo Leong, Ranau and Kuala Lumpur, 2015
  25. Zurina & child, Semarak, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  26. Janet Pillai, Kuala Lumpur, 2016
  27. Paulina Fernandes, Subang Jaya, 2015
  28. Salomah Uluh, Kg Sungai Eloi, Sabah, 2017
  29. Qishin Tariq, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  30. Joey, Petaling Jaya, 2015
  31. Shen-Tel, Kuching, Sarawak, 2016
  32. Julienne & Jane, Kuala Lumpur, 2015
  33. Bedul bin Chemai, Kg Jemeri, Pahang, 2017
  34. Cassandra Albanus, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, 2017
  35. Liyana Fizi, Kuala Lumpur, 2015
  36. Adeline Tan, Petaling Jaya, 2015
  37. Safia Hanifah, Aiman Asmawar & Siti Farrah, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  38. Lost contact, Bowerhaus, Kuala Lumpur, 2016
  39. Zikri Rahman, Sg, Buloh, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  40. Jessie Justin, Kg Kiau, Kota Belud, Sabah, 2017
  41. Yusri Ahon, Kg Simgai Mai, Jerantut, Pahang, 2017
  42. Maria Lasimbang, Penampang, Sabah, 2017
  43. Nurul Aizam & Ridhwan Saidi, Alam Budiman, 2017
  44. Fraja Béha, Around the World, 2017
  45. Melson Elit, Kg. Putaton Inobong, Penampang, Sabah, 2017
  46. Pingling Yeoh, Petaling Jaya, 2015
  47. Yoyo & Cat, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  48. Ieranie, Kg Rantai Bundu, Sabah, 2017
  49. Andrew & family, Petaling Jaya, 2015
  50. Yebek, Nenek Bebe a/p Saman, Kg Mengkapur, Sri Jaya, Pahang, 2016
  51. Amery & family, Petaling Jaya, 2017
  52. Anita Ahmad, Petaling Jaya, 2015
  53. Ronnie Khoo, Kuala Lumpur, 2014
  54. Karleng Lim, Melbourne, 2015
  55. Si Siew, Kuala Lumpur, 2015
  56. Sia Ngedau, Long Kerong, Sarawak, 2017
  57. Mohd Nazmi Rahimi, Miri, 2017
  58. Ne Neem, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  59. Mung ta, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  60. Hanis Farisa, Bangi, 2015
  61. Sr. Patricia Limun, Keningau, 2017
  62. Nor Sugie, Kg Gentes, Perak, 2017
  63. Karl Rafiq Nadzarin, Kuala Lumpur, 2015
  64. Ng Su Ann, Kuala Lumpur, 2015
  65. Malik Taufiq, Kuala Lumpur, 2015
  66. Diwa Tharan, Malaysia, 2015
  67. Daniel Putra & Nasruddin, Kuala Lumpur, 2017

Kanta Portraits Artpiece

Finally put the finishing touches to a concept for a collection of portraits. Would be years in the thinking, making and development of the first conceptual piece on Kanta.

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been quiet but have been busy putting this together. Trying hard to balance four major projects due this month itself, this being one of them. A collection of portraits from 2014 to 2017, huge effort to put this together. catch it at KL Biennale coming November. (had to unwrap for *Condition Report! now that's what it meant)

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Collection by Balai Seni, professionally examined, and signed off on, wrapped. It's out of the studio.

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Dinding Potret Kanta 2014-2017 gets hung today at Balai Seni Negara. Sorting out list of names... is taking me awhile!

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2017-10-08

#KantaTaiwan

exploring & researching, many papers & studies point towards north, our anthropological trail, and Taiwan is one such place. A pilot trip in November, meeting & researching, hopefully setting some pretext and deeper understanding


2017-10-02

IN THE NEWS; Nikkei Asian Review

Old-style box-camera portraits intrigue Malaysians– Photographer's pinhole pictures capture the heart and soul of the country by CAROLYN HONG, Contributing writer, Nikkei Asian Review

KUALA LUMPUR -- Observers could be forgiven for wondering why graphic designer and artist Jeffrey Lim lugs an old oil tin around with him. In an age of super-slim camera phones, it is far from obvious that Lim's tin is a combination camera and darkroom.

Lim, a youthful 39-year-old, has been travelling around Malaysia since 2014 to take photographs of people in market places and villages. "It is really as simple as light through a pinhole falling onto paper coated with silver," he said.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Life-Arts/Life/Old-style-box-camera-portraits-intrigue-Malaysians


2017-10-01

Obsolete (?) talk & demonstration

With billions of images being made and shared digitally every day, and photographic equipment increasingly reliant on software and computing power, are traditional image-making methods still relevant?

In conjunction with No Man's Land, an Antarctic photography exhibition currently hosted in Balai Seni Negara (BSN), artists Mahen Bala, Jeffrey Lim and Dr. Azril Ismail are conducting a workshop and sharing session on analogue photography.

Analogue processes in photography explores the intimate and direct relationship between the person, the proces, and the outcome. The physicality and modality of these analogue processes allow the practitioners to modify, adapt, and experiment with various elements to produce new perspectives on a familiar object.
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Mahen Bala will start the session with a short presentation on the extreme challenges faced by the early photographers in Antarctica and how their works have survived the century and is
being revisited today.

K. Azril Ismail will be sharing his experience in 19th century photographic processes. He will demonstrate the many steps that fo into making a wet plate using collodion.

Jeffrey Lim will be demonstrating how 'anything' can be turned into a camera, provided the practitioner has a full grasp of the fundamental principles of light, optics and photo-chemistry.