Harold Reagan ESWAR

About The Artist

Harold Reagan Eswar (b. 1980) is a Borneo-based visual artist whose approach to art combines architectural training and social commentary, and is rooted in his surroundings – where he grew up, studied, and now works. He also incorporates, into his practice, the traditional spiritual beliefs of his Dusunic ancestors. He graduated with a diploma in Architectural Design from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Eswar has won the Sabah’s Governor’s award twice, and was selected by the Japan Foundation in 2015 for the Curator’s Workshop, a result of which was his first curated art exhibition, held in Sabah.

Harold Reagan ESWAR

"Events that I deem important are included in the exact spot where they happened. These are verbally recounted histories passed down during conversations, and over dinner, drinking sessions."

Dari Kali ke Durian Tunjung (From Kali to Durian Tunjung)

Dari Kali ke Durian Tunjung (From Kali to Durian Tunjung)

Dari Kali ke Durian Tunjung (From Kali to Durian Tunjung). Detail

Dari Kali ke Durian Tunjung (From Kali to Durian Tunjung). Detail

Dari Kali ke Durian Tunjung (From Kali to Durian Tunjung). Detail

Dari Kali ke Durian Tunjung (From Kali to Durian Tunjung). Detail

Dari Kali ke Durian Tunjung (From Kali to Durian Tunjung). Detail

Dari Kali ke Durian Tunjung (From Kali to Durian Tunjung). Detail

Dari Kali ke Durian Tunjung (From Kali to Durian Tunjung). Detail

Dari Kali ke Durian Tunjung (From Kali to Durian Tunjung). Detail

Dari Kali ke Durian Tunjung (From Kali to Durian Tunjung). Detail

Dari Kali ke Durian Tunjung (From Kali to Durian Tunjung). Detail

Dari Kali ke Durian Tunjung (From Kali to Durian Tunjung). Detail

Dari Kali ke Durian Tunjung (From Kali to Durian Tunjung). Detail

Dari Kali ke Durian Tunjung (From Kali to Durian Tunjung). Detail

Dari Kali ke Durian Tunjung (From Kali to Durian Tunjung). Detail

About The Artwork

Dari Kali ke Durian Tunjung (From Kali to Durian Tunjung)

AutoCAD Drawing

In a series of architectural blueprints, Sabahan artist Harold Eswar attempts to map out what he terms “spatial biographies” of the buildings where he and his family have lived in before, or currently reside. Coordinates specified in the drawing mirrors the artist’s own migrations: 5°21'13.2"N 116°09'13.1"E refers to his childhood village in Keningau district in rural Sabah, East Malaysia, and 5°19'41.8"N 115°14'08.8"E, the urbanized federal territory of Labuan, to which he moved as a child from Keningau. Inserted into the blueprints are textual narratives passed down through his family. The artist remarks: “Events that I deem important are included in the exact spot where they happened. These are verbally recounted histories passed down during conversations, and over dinner, drinking sessions. I have been documenting these family events and working them into spatial biographies of family homes. My family does a lot that is not sustainable, environmentally friendly, nor even healthy, but hopefully when we pass our homes to the next generation, we would know what to and what not to plan for.”

Note: QR codes in this work link to external sites with relevant information and images. For the viewer’s convenience, the corresponding links are also provided below. Please interact with this work for the full experience either by scanning the QR codes or copying and pasting the links into your browser.

QR1: [Google Maps] 5°21'13.2"N 116°09'13.1"E

QR2: [Google Maps] 5°19'41.8"N 115°14'08.8"E

QR3: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10158105143702284

QR4: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu_i5OYHrJJ/

QR5: https://www.instagram.com/p/B6mbURbgyIF/

QR6: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViexQ-0vUYI

QR7: https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=110790267416

QR8: https://web.facebook.com/harold.egn

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