THE CALVERT JOURNAL, 2017
The capital, Kuala Lumpur, has a bit of an apocalyptic, Blade Runner-style ambiance, with its torrential rains on daily basis. After exploring it I flew to Borneo for more adventurous missions to the less reachable areas: Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak and the Kota Kinabalu and Tabin Wildlife Reserve in Sabah. Borneo is the third largest island and the richest terrestrial ecosystem in the world. The cave systems and karst formations there are also among the most voluminous in the world. It’s mesmerisingly sci-fi, incomparable to anything else I’ve seen before. I aimed to find out more about environmental issues, like deforestation, the impact of the climate change and threats to biodiversity which the island and the indigenous people are facing.
ART NARRATIVES, 2017
I guess if you put a substantial amount of effort in to the work, everything is equally important, and there are hardly any easy routes in or out left, because it is about your personal responsibility and how you, as the artist, care about the final result.
THE CALVERT JOURNAL, 2016
It felt like being in the midst of a spontaneously evolving movie — an intangible, phantasmagorical, but very affecting ambience all around. Steaming bars and tiny restaurants packed with locals; the intensifying sounds of celebratory drums echoing from shrines punctuated by karaoke singing and the sound of passing trains; the neon billboards gleaming nonstop, reflected in the deep blue winter sky; freakishly dressed youth gangs; Shinto monks and occasional disoriented westerners…