September 30, 2011 at 2:00 pm
The Music, Art, Style International Festival (MASiF) 2011 is an event that celebrates the three different categories of art – fine art, fashion and music. One of the activities organised as an effort to cultivate a better understanding of Fine Art was the Public Programmes held at Galeri Petronas. The three programmes that was held on the 16th and 17th September were ‘An Evening with Amri Ginang‘, where participants were given an opportunity to be up close and personal with one of Malaysia’s pioneer photographers, Amri Ginang and ‘Fusion of Passion : Walk With The Artist‘, where some of Malaysia’s best painters, photographers, sculptors and illustrators talk about their latest works that are currently on display at Galeri Petronas. The last programme which was held on 17th September at 2.00 pm, was ‘Close and Personal : Soraya Ariff Awaluddin‘. Funny how this was the only talk that caught my eye. Maybe it was because of her credentials that made me curious, or it could have been the fact that she exudes a warm and friendly aura that made me wanted to listen to her story.
As there was only a few of us at the start of the talk, Ariff suggested that we all drew our seats closer to the speaker’s table for a more intimate affair. The talk went on for about three hours, with both Ariff and Soraya sharing their thoughts and opinions about everything, from photography to issues that most photographers face in Malaysia. And boy, were those thoughts and opinions of theirs very interesting! It was a little bit dampening to hear how many of our local senior photographers are not very well-known compared to some of our senior artists. They also spoke on how changing times have made it easier for most to own a digital camera. For them, it is not the issue of how hi-tech one’s camera can be but more of the person’s understanding of the equipment’s functions and limitations. It was indeed an eye-opening talk for someone like me, who wants to make photography a serious hobby in the near future.
After the end of the talk, I decided to explore MASiF’s outdoor activities for a change. As it is all about celebration with everyone, some of the activities are held outdoors so that everyone can be a part of the festival. Though the skies threatened to soak everyone right to the bone that evening, it did not prove to be a dampener on their spirits as most of them went right ahead with their agenda. With the music from Friday King Road, an independent band that was performing at the background filling up the whole area, the environment of the evening is best described using photographs.
As you can see, MASiF is the sort of festival that is best experienced first-hand, because the best parts of it must be seen, heard and experienced by ourselves in order to fully appreciate it.