Allom! Amatai! Allom!

  • Physical | Show & Exhibition
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Themes & Topics

Art & Culture


About the Experience

Duration: 7 hours

No prior experience required

Up To 1000 Learners
Languages: English, Malay


ALLOM! AMATAI! ALLOM! is an exhibition of three photomedia essays by Yee I-Lann: "Rasa Sayang", "Measuring Project: Chapters 1-7", and "Untitled Self-Portrait". Within the universe of Borneo Heart, these works narrate the Sabahan artist’s journey towards the tikar (mats), and how its principles commingle with those of an enduring practice centred around egalitarian, feminist, and non-hierarchical knowledges. The exhibition title borrows from the measurement system used by weavers of the Sama DiLaut community at Pulau Omadal, who calculate the dimensions of their mats with the principal weaver’s feet. The first step is accompanied by the exclamation, Allom! (“Life!), followed by Amatai! (“Death!”) upon the next. The process continues as the principal weaver (always a woman) counts her steps, with the caveat that the mat must end with an Allom. To think about measurements through the body, through life and death, is to challenge cultures of objectivity concerned with precision and quantification. These were the technologies of governance employed by colonial rulers — standardisation and administration — against which I-Lann proposes new frameworks encompassing unruly bodies organised around forms of kinship, ritual, and womanhood. These works ask what it means to let go of mastery and to find new centres proposed by practices of an otherwise.