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Five Arts Centre
Emergence of a new generation of artists
in 1983 in the multiethnic, multicultural and multilingual country of Malaysia, Five Arts Centre is a collective of artists and producers that recently received the prestigious 2016 Praemium Imperiale Grant for Young Artists. Mark Teh (born 1981), a member of the Five Arts collective who grew up in Malaysia’s era of high economic growth rate under former Prime Minister Mahathir and began participating in Five Arts from his student years, is an artist of the new generation noted for such activities as community art projects and the more than ten-year Baling Project that has gathered materials about the Malaysian independence movement and interviewed surviving participants and witnesses. In this interview, Mark talks about the environment surrounding members of his generation in Malaysia, known as the “Mahathir Baby Generation” and his activities as one of its front runners.
Interviewer: Kyoko Iwaki