Knowing that VWFA featured new batik works by Greek artist Tano, one expected that strange and irrelevant combination when West infiltrates East. Instead, Bharti Lalwani found quite the contrary.
by SHARON CHIN
Chuah Thean Teng passed away on 25 November 2008, just months before the opening of his retrospective at Balai. This makes the viewing of his works especially poignant, above and beyond the sense of nostalgia that runs throughout the show. I felt I was looking at a Malaysia I had never known: I can’t recognize myself in his scenes of pastoral kampung life, and the people he lovingly depicted at work, rest or play are strangers to me.