Photography For All
Following the successful staging of the KL20X20 photography event to commemorate Kuala Lumpur in the year 2020, the co-founders Nadirah Zakariya and Steven Lee, with team members Munirah Rohaizan and Stacy Liu are proud to present Exposure+ Photo to the city once again, despite a 6-month delay due to the pandemic restrictions.
Exposure+ Photo displays revolve around the theme of 'Belong' and feature the projects of 11 Malaysian photographic artists selected from an open call in early 2021, plus a parallel curated exhibition of 5 international photographers.
Exhibitions will be displayed at various partner venues around Kuala Lumpur city centre, accompanied by presentations, workshops, and related photography activities open to the general public.
PHOTOGRAPHY AS SELF-EXPRESSION
In our image-saturated world, we often only skim the surface of digital content that breezes through our personal screens daily by the hundreds or thousands. We believe that fine, cerebral photography, especially in Malaysia, must be given more visibility in an industry that is often seen to be participatory and aesthetics-driven. We hope to identify and promote more local artists that use project-based photography to effectively communicate stories that are thought-provoking, socially conscious, and personal to a worldwide audience. The effective use of photography opens our hearts and minds by creating a deeper awareness of the human condition and mankind's relationship with its surroundings.
OPEN CALL SELECTION
The 11 photographers presented have been selected through an open call in January 2021. The selection process was overseen by the co-founders' Steven Lee and Nadirah Zakariya, who have chosen projects that explore personal space, the environment, identity, creative vision, portraiture amongst other narratives - with a central theme interpretation of BELONG. Following the success of KL20X20, a similar format is adopted in the procuring of photography for Exposure+ Photo.
2020 KL20X20 Photography Festival, city-wide, Kuala Lumpur
2018 Two Mountains Photo Project 3.0, ILHAM GALLERY, Kuala Lumpur
2018 PhotoSymposium Asia, KL Journal Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
2017 PhotoSymposium Asia, KL Journal Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
2017 Two Mountains Photo Project 2.0, Taisho University Gallery, Tokyo
2016 Focus Japan, Whitebox Gallery, PUBLIKA, Kuala Lumpur
2015 Creative Portrait Photography Workshop, Kuala Lumpur
2014 Two Mountains Photo Project, Whitebox Gallery, PUBLIKA, Kuala Lumpur
Steven Lee is the founder-director of Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards (KLPA). He is actively involved in international photography events as jury, portfolio reviewer, mentor and workshop leads. He acted as nominator for the World Press Photo 6X6 Global Talent Program and Leica Oskar Barnack Award (LOBA).
Steven is also a photographer who began his career in fashion and portraiture, as well as travel documentary work in the early 2000s, and has self-published several books.
Born in 1984 and raised in Malaysia, Nadirah Zakariya draws inspiration for her work through her non-specific geographical upbringing. Currently based in Kuala Lumpur, Nadirah received her Bachelor in Fine Arts from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC.
Nadirah is an internationally published photographer with works in numerous publications such as Bloomberg News, The New York Times Magazine, NYLON, VICE, Dazed and Confused, Refinery29 and Vogue Italia.
Nadirah’s works have been exhibited in cities including New York, London, Paris, Milan and Kuala Lumpur. In 2011, Nadirah was invited to hold her first solo exhibition, “Daughters Ago” in New York, in 2016 a solo exhibition, “GIRLHOOD” at the Leica Gallery in Kuala Lumpur and her series “Fuji-San LoveLetters” was shown at Ilham Gallery in 2018. Other international group shows include “We See You, We Hear You” in London (2018), “I Am The Woman I Am” during PhotoVogue Festival in Milan (2018) and UnSmoke in Kuala Lumpur (2019)..
From Kuala Lumpur, Nurul Munirah Rohaizan is a self-taught photographer who discovered photography when she was a business student in Dublin, Ireland and is currently based in Kuala Lumpur as Project Manager for the Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards.
She is also part of the committee and contributor for KL-Ga.org and was the assistant curator to the MOCA Fest visual art team in conjunction with the World Islamic Economy Forum (WIEF) in 2015.
Stacy Liu is a photographer based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Working in both
digital and B&W film, her recent works mainly focus on landscape, abstract and
observational photography. While photography gives her a reason to explore, capture her ideas and experiences, she also hopes to create curiosity through her images.