Welcome to Metaphorical Garden Photography Exhibition


Date: 26 May – 26 June 2011

Opening Reception: 7:30pm, Thursday 26 May, Performance by the High Winds Ensemble.

Venue: Kuala Lumpur Gallery, Kuala Lumpur Library, No.1, Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur.


Date: 1 July – 31 August 2011

Venue: Nikon Centre Kuala Lumpur, 01-10, East Wing, Berjaya Times Square, No.1, Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur.


From tracing the invisible cities to contemplating the myth and illusion of the cityscape, Goethe- Institut Malaysia is proud to present another photography project featuring a visual exploration of Kuala Lumpur’s urban landscapes. This exhibition entitled “Metaphorical Garden” features new photographic works from 14 talented local photographers in a 9 months long stint to interrogate and explore the meaning of “garden” in the city. The exhibition will be on show at the Kuala Lumpur Gallery in the Kuala Lumpur Library from 26 May to 26 June 2011.

Garden has always been associated with the place of recreation, play, cultivation, and relaxation. However, these photographers have creatively reversed the outcome into something sinister and provocative. The selected works documented the ambivalent nature of our relationship with garden and a much needed contemplative look at urban culture. They questioned and confronted the concept of garden within urban modernity, commercialism, our reverence for technological dominance over nature and obsession to domesticate nature.

The photographers were facilitated by renowned photographers Azrul K. Abdullah, Eiffel Chong, Alex Moh and Khairul Azril Ismail. Participating photographers were free to explore and experiment their ideas and presented in monthly formal and informal meetings with facilitators. This has been a journey beyond just another photo-shooting assignment. For them, going through the rigorous process of critiques and reassessments is also a course of self discovery.

The Shooting Stars project and Metaphorical Garden Photo exhibition are presented by Goethe-institut Malaysia with support from Nikon Malaysia, Epson Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur Library.

Participating Photographers:

Chu Chok Seng, Edwin Shiaw Chin Han, Erwin Chong, Hirhaniff Tahir, James Valentine Singh, Lenice loh, Lim Li-Ling, Mazlan Saleh, Mohd Shazni Zainal, Munira Rohaizan, Myra Cheng, Nafizah Nayau, Wong Chee Kin

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Private garden

Photographer: Mohd Shazni Zainal

Nature is not a place to visit, it is home.   ~Gary Snyder

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Photographer: Chu Chok Seng

The walls of paradise, and the fences and moats that replace them, keep out the voracious vermin and the trampling herd animals and the thieves and intruders, and even the seeds of weeds and other unwanted plants.
~ Mara Miller, independent scholar

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Photographer: Lenice Loh

“A photograph has edges, the world does not.”
~ Stephen Shore

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