Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves – Solo Exhibition by Noor Azizan Rahman Paiman at Wei-Ling Gallery

Start Date
April 1, 2014
End Date
April 1, 2014
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Weil-Ling Gallery will be bringing the third solo art exhibition of Noor Azizan Rahman Paiman entitled ‘Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves’. This would be a story known to many which is what the artworks are based on. The show will be held from September 23rd to November 30th which will draw its inspiration from the internationally known story.

This is one of the most anticipated shows from Noor Azizan who is a well-established contemporary artist in the country. The body of work was derived through his observations of the Malaysian economy in the 1990s and is drawn through his experiences then. Essentially, it would be a modern take on the perceptions and issues that existed during that era which have been personally experienced by Paiman.

The story of Ali Baba ‘A Thousand and One Nights’ is the nucleus of the show that goes with 2 brothers, Kasim and Ali Baba who equally shared the small estate from their father who passed away. While Kasim went on to marry a rich widow, Ali’s life took an opposite turn and he then came upon the chance to steal the riches of some robbers in a cave who would eventually create the sense of greed and jealousy in him. This is the analogy that Paiman wants to bring through this series of a greedy and corrupt petty criminal which can be reflected in the current issue of securing projects that are highly lucrative and profitable which are often so associated with corruption and such.

This is an exciting take into the world we live in where Paiman translates the intricate views of politics, economics, social and religious issues into the artwork. They are highly thought provoking and inspiring at the same time, providing the audience with a ‘world view’ in their response to the issues highlighted.

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