Haffendi Anuar – Notes From The Motherland

Anuar showcased in a group show organized by Aicon Gallery in New York, United States. Titled, Notes from the Motherland, the show featured six exciting artists who interrogate the histories and traditions that make them who they are, drawing from external elements around them and others looking inward.


Haffendi Anuar (b.1985, Malaysia)’s current work looks at the kain pelikat, a type of colourful plaid tubular transnational ‘male-skirt’ usually worn domestically and sometimes as an informal labour uniform in parts of the global south. Oriented in relation to his childhood memories of encountering and being enveloped by the fabric, his research and exploration into the iconography of the garment encompasses personal family photos, archival photographs, images from social media and the Internet as well as texts on Malaysia written by colonial writers and looks into the fabric’s origin, social utilization, visual patterns and formal structure. From the materials gathered, he would reimagine the fabric as ‘constructions’ inspired by the structures of hammocks, hanging cradles, nets, curtains/veils and webs, drawing inspiration from man-made and animal-made architecture. He works in a process that combines collage, dyeing, painting, image transfer and sewing and incorporates physical materials such as seashells, pebbles, gutter pipes, brass pipes, rice sacks and chicken feathers into his sculptures, embellishing as well as animating the forms.

Haffendi initially studied at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence before completing his undergraduate degree in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London and an MFA at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University, Oxford. Recent exhibitions include Midday Stanza (solo), Richard Koh Fine Art, Singapore in 2019; Elephant Utopia (solo), Art Taipei in 2015; A Good Line, A Good Lie (group), A.I., London in 2021; The Foot Beneath the Flower (group), Nanyang Tech University ADM Gallery, Singapore in 2020; For the Few and the Many (2-persons), Beers London, London in 2019; head, heap, heat (group), Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore in 2018 and Powerhouse Commission 2017, Battersea Power Station, London in 2017.

His works are in the collections of the Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood and Khazanah Nasional Berhad, Kuala Lumpur. He lives and works in London, UK and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

  Haffendi Anuar – Notes From The Motherland

Haffendi Anuar – Notes From The Motherland

16 December 2021 - 3 February 2022

Aicon Gallery
35 Great Jones Street
New York, NY 10012

Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm

Marina Cruz
Richie Htet
Ruth Marbun
Padma Rajendran
Nadia Waheed