Hings Lim’s multidisciplinary art practice uses the framework of the participatory project in the process of making art. For Reciprocity, Hings engaged different marginal communities in Kuala Lumpur such as the newly emerged communities of foreign workers, immigrants and refugees as collaborators. He visits their “towns” and areas of interest and encouraged the individuals, whether adults or children, to take part and contribute in the art-making process. The projects are set up in the different communities’ public spaces, open streets or sheltered compounds, almost like a temporary installation or a happening, where the participants are provided with make-shift mark-making tools consisting of a handled bicycle wheel, acrylic paint and canvas. They are given the freedom to express, using the wheel as a brush to create paintings that deceptively appear like Abstract Expressionist works but are a result of a communal effort and created outside the heroic studio setting. The paintings complicate the authorship of the artworks and the artist’s touch while engaging the non-artist to be a part of the art dialogue.
Hings Lim – Reciprocity