The collective artist group Matahati will be holding an exhibition consisting of video works, paintings, installation, and objects at Valentine Willie Fine Art. Each member of the group uses a different approach and method to art-making in this mixed media showing, but together address pertinent social issues. Ahmad Fuad Osman finds a metaphor for the modern Malay family, Ahmad Shukri Mohamed takes on blatant consumerism, Bayu Utomo Radjikin creates a spoof on violence, Hamir Sohib looks at the power of the newspaper headline and Masnor Ramli Mahmud works on a subtle interpretation of (the idea of) faith.
Matahati was established in 1989 with seven original founding members and had its first exhibition in 1993: “Life…an Art Exhibition” at Maybank Gallery, Kuala Lumpur. Since then, Matahati has evolved into its current group of five and has had several major exhibitions such as ‘Matahati PL’ at Petronas Gallery (1999) and most recently “Mata dan Hati” at the Penang YTL-Arts Festival (2004). The year 2004 has seen a resurgence of activities by the artist-group Matahati. They have been building bridges within the regional art scene - they organized an artistic exchange program with ‘Gelaran Budaya (MIFA)’, an artist-group from Yogyakarta, in March and plan a similar exchange program with ‘Anting-Anting’, an independent artist-group from Philippines.