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Art exhibit on refugee youth highlights themes of hope, bravery and strength

In an effort to support the refugee community in Malaysia, Greater Action, a non-profit social organization, is organizing an exhibition of works of art by nine young refugees on November 12 and 13 in the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club The residence’s clubhouse is at Bukit Kiara.

Greater Action co-founder Julie Das said the exhibit, titled Colors of hope, aims to showcase the talents of the eight self-taught Afghans and one Rohingya refugee and encourage them to live or pursue a career in art. The artists are between 14 and 20 years old.

She says the exhibition, which will be the first-ever exhibition organized by the Greater Action Art Gallery, also hopes to motivate these young artists by providing them with a new platform to showcase their hard work and allow them to freely express their emotions to through their works.

“The association works closely with 250 families through various social programs, and when I met Laila, a 17-year-old Rohingya student, I immediately recognized her exceptional talent. I promised him to organize an exhibition one day, ”says Das.

“Mix Of Emotions” by Rohingya teenager Laila Rafiq (acrylic on canvas, 2021). Photo: More action

She shares that each of the artwork was made using a variety of mediums such as acrylics, pastel colors, watercolors, pencils and many more.

“They’ve been painting for six months, so we’ll have about 70 pieces of art, some on canvas and some on paper.

“They did it with limited supplies, so we also do fundraising and try to find sponsors to help us pay for the art materials,” says Das.

Besides the art exhibition, Greater Action also worked on a sewing project involving highly skilled and experienced tailors from the refugee community who created a range of gift items, accessories, linens and unique home decor items handcrafted with top quality recycled fabric.

Greater Action aims to improve life and find day-to-day education, livelihood and healthcare solutions for all vulnerable communities, especially refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia.

More details here. Entry upon registration. – Bernama

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