Special Issue for Roslisham Ismail aka Ise
Published by Teratak Nuromar with support from NTU CCA Singapore and A+ Works of Art, 2021
Edited by Nur Hanim Mohamed Khairuddin and Anca Rujoiu
Design by Yan
© 2021 Teratak Nuromar, NTU CCA Singapore, and A+ Works of Art
This special issue of sentAp! dedicated to the late and cherished artist Roslisham Ismail aka Ise (b. Khota Bahru, 1972–2019) is published on the occasion of his solo project Campur, Tolak, Kali, Bahagi, Sama Dengan (Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide, Equals). Co-founded in 2005 by curator Nur Hanim Mohammed Khairuddin and Ise, sentAp! fostered for ten years writing about contemporary art in Malaysia and the region. Informed by the social nature of Ise’s artistic process, his penchant for connectivity and exchanges, this special issue embraces the dialogic form. In-depth interviews conducted by writer Tan Zi Hao with curators Ark Fongsmut, Russell Storer, and Khairuddin, a hybrid exchange by curator Anca Rujoiu with different members of ruangrupa close to the artist provide context, reflections, and intimate insights on Ise’s work. Full reproduction of the works Operation Bangkok (2014) and Comic Drawings (2018–20), exhibition documentation, and a related essay capture at length the artist’s much-contemplated solo project, completed posthumously.
Contributors include: Ute Meta Bauer, Ark Fongsmut, Syed Omar Husain, Nur Hanim Mohamed Khairuddin, M. Hijaz Mohammad, ruangrupa, Anca Rujoiu, Russell Storer, and Tan Zi Hao.
Roslisham Ismail aka Ise (Malaysia, 1972–2019) was an artist whose practice spanned across media, from drawings, collages, animations, installations, to social structures. Ise was the founder of parkingproject, an artist-run project established in 2003 in his apartment in Kuala Lumpur, and a co-founder in 2005 of the art publication sentAp!. Ise was selected or invited in numerous residencies such as at the Asian Cultural Council, New York (2016); NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (2015); Bangkok University Gallery (2014); 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney (2012); Seoul Art Space Hongeun (2011); Britto, Dhaka (2010); The Gunnery Studio, Artspace, Sydney (2006); ruangrupa, Jakarta (2004); KHOJ International Artists’ Association, New Delhi (2003).
His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at The Laundromat Project, New York (2016); Bangkok University Gallery (2014); Jalan Mesui, Kuala Lumpur (2010); Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur Gallery (2008); Australia High Commission, Gallery 4A, Sydney (2007); Kedai Kebun Forum, Yogyakarta, (2007) and Asia-Australia Art Centre, Sydney (2006). His work has also been presented in group exhibitions at the Sharjah Art Biennial, Asian Art Biennial, Taipei, Jogja Art Biennial (all in 2019); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai, Thailand, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (all in 2017); Goethe-Institut, Singapore International Festival of Arts (2016); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015); NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (2015); Arter, Istanbul (2014); OPENHAUS, ZK/U, Berlin (2014) and Asian Art Biennale.