As part of the DISINI Festival, Langkawi (1976 – 1980) is an exhibition showcasing a series of works by esteemed Malaysian artist Latiff Mohidin, that have not been exhibited for 40 years. The series consists of ‘sculptural paintings’ named after the western Malaysian archipelago of 99 islands around the Straits of Malacca – a region known for its mystical tales and landscapes. Inspired by Latiff’s time in meditation by the seaside, the works symbolically evoke Islamic domes, rafts, shields and secret portals.
Through mastery in painting and carpentry, the sculptural forms of Langkawi engage viewers to step around and explore their protruding surfaces and distinctive outlines. And, amidst their quietness and mindfulness, Langkawi affords viewers pockets for respite and meditation – just like Latiff himself did to take a pause from canvas painting, in exchange for an alternative dimension.