The grant recipients of the 2019 Krishen Jit Fund are Andy Darrel Gomes (RM11,000), Nursuliana (Suzy) Binti Sulaiman (RM8,000), Justin Lee Kah Wai (RM5,000), Lim Jack Kin (RM5,000) and Sheau Yun Lim (RM4,000). Andy’s project titled 4 Transitional Cinema Short Films explores a new mode of cinema, incorporating 4 short films, each directed by an emerging Malaysian director. Suzy will be working on Homes, a visual art exhibition featuring three art projects that explore social inequality of the built environment from the standpoint of a person’s dwelling.
Justin’s Impermanence, is a collaborative performative piece of sound, movement, and spatial design; while Jack Kin’s KITA is an arts-anthology podcast that plans to launch its first season on Renegade Radio, a Malaysian independent podcasting network; and Yun Lim’s Malaysia Design Archive Publications is an initiative to redefine arts and visual culture publications in Southeast Asia.
This year’s Krishen Jit Fund received 50 applications for projects ranging from dance, theatre, film, video, publication, visual arts, music, education, training, research and interdisciplinary work.
Subsequently, the allocation of RM 33,000 was distributed in grants ranging from RM4,000 to RM11,000 each.
Since inception the Krishen Jit Fund has helped numerous talented Malaysians produce many interesting, creative works including last year’s grant winner Danny Lim and his fresh editorial titled Bersih: The Inside Story as well as Wendy Sia’s GERIMIS, an immersive installation art exhibition that bridges the narratives of Orang Asli (OA) with ours.
The panel of judges for the 2019 Krishen Jit Fund include:
- Tan Sri Datuk Norliza Rofli – Director, National Department of Culture and Arts, Ministry ofTourism, Arts, and Culture, Malaysia.
- Leow Puay Tin – School of Arts, Sunway University
- Ravi Navaratnam – Five Arts Centre
- Jolyn Gasper – on behalf of Astro
- Shobana Sivanendran – on behalf of SK ChambersThe Krishen Jit Fund was first introduced in 2006 by ASTRO in collaboration with Five Arts Centre to commemorate the late theatre legend Dato’ Krishen Jit. As part of ASTRO’s commitment to support the country’s diverse art landscape, the fund provides deserving arts practitioners with monetary aid to pursue their projects.