ANG XIA YI


Ang Xia Yi (b.1996, Malaysia) is an artist based in Kuala Lumpur. Her work focuses on themes of identity, familial legacy, emotional politics and the collective memory of archipelagic Southeast Asia – taking shape through forms of installation, paintings, photography, drawing, book-making and archival intervention using everyday materials. She draws from historical references, found objects, personal experiences and archives of all forms including vernacular family photographs.

Through her practice, she seeks to engage in the emotional consequences of colonialism and postcolonial legacies imparted on the land, culture and community she grew up with. Her intuitive based practice focuses on the materiality of everyday objects that can be found within domestic spaces. Lace curtains, linen cheesecloth, baby napkins, photo albums, passports and expired identity cards are some examples of visual materials she identifies and uses in her work.

She is currently exhibiting ‘ The Foolish Young Woman Who Removed The Mountains ’ with Island Gallery in New York. Most recently, she was selected for an online residency under Openbooks International with Wales based artist, Sue Williams. The collaborative exchange initiated ‘ We Are Ok & Not Ok ’ exhibiting as part of BUKA BUKU at The Godown, Kuala Lumpur in 2021.

She has previously pursued her BA in Fashion Journalism at Central Saint Martins, London in 2017.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
 
2019
The Race of Flowers, Awegallery, Kuala Lumpur


2020
Small Works, The BackRoom, Zhongshan, Kuala Lumpur
Small Works, China House, Georgetown, Penang Island
Wonderwall, The BackRoom, Zhongshan, Kuala Lumpur
KL20x20, Tun Perak Co-Op, Kuala Lumpur


2021
PAUSE, Tun Perak Co-Op, Kuala Lumpur
Memory / Time Machine, Sentul Depot, Kuala Lumpur


2022
BUKA BUKU, Open Books, The Godown, Kuala Lumpur Project 555 : Small Observations of An On-Going Pandemic, Ilham Gallery, Kuala LumpurCircular Ruins, Island Gallery, New York
Boom Zoom Exhibition, APW, Kuala Lumpur

PUBLICATIONS/CATALOGUES

2020
Who Is She? Zine 她是誰, The Invisible Future, Facing The Visible Past : Photobooks of Malaysia Collection, Lightbox Library, Taipei, Taiwan (Curated by Jeffrey Lim and Bernice Chauly). Zine ID: 000000017688


2021
I Am Not Ok, Are You? for BUKA BUKU, Open Books Collection of folding books (Curated by Mary Husted and Lienne Loy).

2022
iPhone Diary for Project 555: Small Observations Of An On-Going Pandemic, Collection of Malaysia Design Archive, Ilham Gallery, Kuala Lumpur. ID: 2022.01.005


ARTIST TALKS

2021
Re-Looking At The World From My Bedroom, Artist Talk for BUKA BUKU, Open Books, The Godown, Kuala Lumpur (18.12.2021)

GRANTS

2022
The Malaysian Woman மலேசியப் பெண், Cendana Create Now Funding 2021 (Cycle 01)



About 

Ang Xia Yi 洪 嘉 苡 (b.1996, Kuala Lumpur) is a photographer and art director.
Her practice explores the physical aspect of book and zine-making, photographic
prints and experiments with digital manipulations within the intersection of
personal identity, memory and history. Playing with multiple genres of imagery
through layers of reinterpretation, archival exploration and material manipulation.
 
She has previously pursued BA in Fashion Journalism at Central Saint Martins,
London and has since been actively involved behind the camera participating
in art programmes and exhibitions. 

 
Education
2017 BA Fashion Journalism, Central Saint Martins, London

Selected Group Exhibitions
2019 The Race of Flowers, Awegallery, Kuala Lumpur
2020 Small Works, The Back Room, Kuala Lumpur
2020 Small Works, China House, Kuala Lumpur
2020 Wonderwall, The Back Room, Kuala Lumpur
2020 KL20x20, Tun Perak Co-Op, Kuala Lumpur
2021 PAUSE Exhibition, Tun Perak Co-Op, Kuala Lumpur
2021 Buka Buku Exhibition in partnership with Open Books, The Godown, Kuala Lumpur

Commissioned Projects
2021  Memory / Time Machine, Sentul Depot, Kuala Lumpur