Marcos KUEH

About The Artist

Marcos Kueh is a Sarawakian designer who has always had a desire to better understand his place and identity as a Malaysian. He is currently studying graphic design at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, but has a part-time obsession and a full-time love affair with textiles. He believes in the reflective power of storytelling and in the many thanks we can learn from the past, be it an hour ago or a decade ago.

Marcos KUEH

"Kenyalang Circus interrogates the possibility of the authentic in a neoliberal culture of icons, taking a satirical eye to the commercialisation of Borneo and Sarawak as “Malaysia’s exotic unknown.”"

Kenyalang Circus - Abandoned

Kenyalang Circus - Abandoned

Kenyalang Circus - Birdsongs

Kenyalang Circus - Birdsongs

Kenyalang Circus - Discount

Kenyalang Circus - Discount

Kenyalang Circus - Fashion

Kenyalang Circus - Fashion

Kenyalang Circus - Heavy

Kenyalang Circus - Heavy

Kenyalang Circus - Puteri

Kenyalang Circus - Puteri

Kenyalang Circus - Rain

Kenyalang Circus - Rain

Kenyalang Circus - Maid

Kenyalang Circus - Maid

About The Artwork

Kenyalang Circus

Digital collage

Kenyalang Circus, which translates to “Hornbill Circus”, embraces the possibility or the impossibility of the authentic in a contemporary cultural milieu of flattened-out icons. Kueh’s compositional logic is that of the collage: found images from newspapers and magazines, as well as other pop culture referents, are juxtaposed against hand-drawn components in marker pen. The series takes a satirical eye to the commercialisation of the perceived exoticness of Borneo and Sarawak. For the artist, who hails from Sarawak, the project holds personal significance: it traces the faultlines between the inherited past and internalised exotification, suggesting that the very notion of home, and authenticity, is a slippery, shapeshifting one. Authenticity as defined by an original, pure conception of culture or ethnicity is as much as a myth as the folktales that Kueh draws on for his work. As he puts it: “If commerce is one of the many facets with which we might find an idea of home, perhaps it is a different kind of truth, one that requires the whimsical glasses of a personality like mine. Maybe next year I’ll adopt Moscow, since life is such a weird game show.”

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