Ayaw Jaw Bah

Artist: Busui Ajaw
sculpture | Acrylic on canvas, wood and mixed media installation | 2019

Busui Ajaw’s practice relates to her unique upbringing. The artist is an Akha, a nomadic ethnic group from the highlands of mainland Southeast Asia, and is from a family of artisans. Coming from an oral culture, the practice of image-making was initially foreign to her. For SB2019, Busui Ajaw presents Ayaw Jaw Bah, a series of paintings and an installation. The paintings depict a tragic story of an intelligent Akha prince, stories of his son, as well as those of Amamata, the first mother. In the middle of the room stands a traditional spirit gate that the artist made to signify the boundary of the Akha village, to welcome the audience to the mythical world. Collection of the Artist.


Singapore Biennale 2019 - Every Step In The Right Direction | 2019.11.22 - 2020.03.22 | Asian Civilisations Museum(Singapore, Singapore) | Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay(Singapore) | Far East Plaza(Singapore, Singapore) | Gillman Barracks(Singapore, Singapore) | LASALLE College of the Arts(Singapore, Singapore) | National Gallery Singapore(Singapore, Singapore) | National Library of Singapore(Singapore, Singapore) | National Museum of Singapore(Singapore, Singapore) | Singapore Art Museum (SAM)(Singapore, Singapore) | SMU de Suantio Gallery(Singapore) | W!LD RICE @ Funan