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Battle Moves

Raja Shahriman Raja Aziddin's recent exhibition, "Gerak Tempur" (Battle Moves) at Pelita Hati Gallery in Kuala Lumpur features twenty-three warriors made from welded scrap metal. Standing in duelling poses from kendo, fencing, and silat (a Malay self-defence form) the figures evoke a sense of heroism that the machine-gun has made archaic, and subtly explore the uneasiness between violence and beauty.

In fact, it is with admiration that one beholds Shahriman's beautifully shaped warriors, pleasing in their awkwardness, precious even in the base materials from which they were crafted. Balance is struck by stripping…

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