Discussion with collaborators from Asobisha, Tenkirin in the making of Adapu-teishon (2016)
Discussion with collaborators from Asobisha, Tenkirin in the making of Adapu-teishon (2016), a video installation for Saitama Triennale 2016. Asohbisha, Tenkirin is a support group of female members who come from different places and are currently residing in Saitama city.
Behind the scenes of Rasa & Asa (2021)
Behind the scenes of Rasa & Asa (2021), a documentary that was remotely recorded with the member of the Indonesian Migrant Domestic Workers Association (PERTIMIG) during the Covid-19 pandemic in Malaysia.
As If, Home with Mostofa Kamal (2015)
As If, Home with Mostofa Kamal (2015). Video still. In this video, Mostofa, a skilled construction worker from Bangladesh guides Okui in building a model house together.
“Let’s Eat and Drink Tea!’’ (2015)
“Let’s Eat and Drink Tea!’’ (2015). A video tutorial on how to make Lahpet Thoke (Burmese tea salad). The tutorial is conducted in various languages: Burmese, Malay, Hokkien and English
Sewing and Sew Eng’ (2014)
Sewing and Sew Eng’ (2014). In this video installation, Okui and her mum, Sew Eng sew together on a single piece of cloth placed between them.
Okui Lala (Malaysia) is an artist and cultural worker. Her practice spans video and performance to community engagement. Okui’s work explores themes of identities, diaspora and belonging through the performances of domestic acts or vocational labour, such as sewing, cooking, conversing and building.
During her residency at Delfina Foundation, Okui will connect with artists and other practitioners who work with communities, to learn more about their practice and the nuances of socially/community-engaged work in different contexts. As an artist who works with video, she also intends to visit video collections in museums, institutions and archives across London.
Past presentations include shows at Singapore Biennale (2019), Festival/ Tokyo (Japan, 2019) , Yamaguchi Art Centre for Arts and Media (Japan, 2019), Para Site (Hong Kong, 2018) and National Art Gallery (Malaysia, 2017) .
Okui also facilitates visual workshops with nonprofit organisations and social groups that work with various communities in Malaysia and Japan. She is currently working on a documentary with her collaborators from the Indonesian Migrant Domestic Workers Association (PERTIMIG) .
Okui is based in Kuala Lumpur and Penang, Malaysia.
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