Negotiating cultural traditions
contemporary artistic practice
To Innovate from
Conserve the Traditional
Kraf is a contemporary art exhibition that discusses the place of Bruneian cultural identity and traditional arts in the context of a global art scene. Featuring artworks by young Bruneian Artists, this exhibition reveals the relevance of traditional knowledge and the continuity of Bruneian crafts as a social and cultural volition into the contemporary artistic practice. In a moment when post-modern society tends to adhere to cultural and technological dictatorships many artists consistently make use of indigenous traditions as a visual and cultural reference in their artworks. This exhibition also discusses the dialogues between generations, the transmission of intangible knowledge, and the valorisation of cultural identity among the youth.
Kraf exhibition is a joint project resulting from a collaboration between FASS/UBD and the Museum Department / Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports with the aim to celebrate the International Museum Day in 2017. The ICOM theme for 2017 is "Museums and Contested Histories: Saying the Unspeakable in Museums". Addressing to the theme, Kraft exhibition will display artworks by Young Bruneian Artists. These artists will bring to a global art context the "traditional", the crafts, the Bruneian cultural identity, the malayness, and the unique intangible heritage transmitted by the pertua. They will be the voice that have been excluded of and unheard in the contemporary art scene. The voice that have been looked under the lens of colonialism, of primitivism, of exoticism, and of the constrictions of a Eurocentric view of art, turning the Crafts a victim of an argument between art and ethnographic museums.