Biar Pete de Besuara
Biar Pete de Besuara is an exhibition by Bah Saluji, a writer and illustrator of two Orang Asli children’s books.
The title of the exhibition is Semai for ‘Let the Maps Speak’. If an Orang Asli map had a voice, it would tell the story of a peaceful people living for countless generations in harmony with the rainforest.
Bah Saluji and his vibrant watercolour paintings showcase that idyllic life – but also today’s harsh reality of the rampant encroachment of Orang Asli customary land. This exhibition invites us to reflect on our own relationship with the land and the urgent need for greater respect for indigenous rights.
The artworks displayed are a selection of the original artworks done by Bah Saluji for his second illustrated book with the same title. The book is being used as a strategic advocacy tool to open channels for indigenous and public awareness on Orang Asli land rights.
Proceeds from all his artworks will support efforts towards creating awareness of Orang Asli rights, specifically customary land rights, indigenous language, and preservation of Orang Asli traditional knowledge.
This exhibition is organised by @msiancare & Gerimis Art.
Venue: GMBB mall
Date: 27 May (Saturday) to 30 September (Saturday) 2023
Time: 11am to 8pm, daily