Borneo– Day 7

Short stopover at Miri to catch-up with local artist and Penan champion, Tan Wei Kheng, making his portrait [1]. On one of his 6 hour oneway drive into the interiors on rough roads carrying much needed supplies for the community and as a transport out [2]. Revisiting the community market Tamu, highland rice from Bario [3], seaside town fish market [4] but more known as an Oil & Gas town, offshore drilling. By chance, Sisiew [5] of Grassroots Organisation was in town on some Native land rights issues, close to where I'm planning to bring this project to. Golok/ Kolok mee my staple meal everyday [6]. Helping Hands Penan Organisation where Wei Kheng [7 & 8] plays an integral role with the community in Limbang. Visited his studio [9] for a quick demonstration and portrait session [10] #KantaPortraits #BeyondBorders #EdgesofMalaysia

This excursion is mostly self-funded with some support from #JOAS and #CendanaMalaysia

[1] Tan Wei Kheng

[2] 6 hour oneway drive

[3] highland rice from Bario

[4] seaside town fish market

[5] Sisiew of Grassroots Organisation

[6] Golok/ Kolok mee

 [7] Wei Kheng plays an integral role

[8] Helping Hands Penan Organisation

[9] studio for a quick demonstration

[10] portrait session


Borneo– Day 4, first group shot

#KantaBorneo first attempt at a group shot, of the Tering tribe dancers, originally from Baram, an area threatened by the recent Dam project in Sarawak. One of the critically threatened cultures, displaced, been told less than a thousand in numbers. Seated from right: Lilian, Alison Lawrence. Standing from right: Betty, Mary & Marlene. Now residing in Kuching. #PHOAS2018 #KantaPortraits #BeyondBorders #EdgesofMalaysia

Perayaan Hari Orang Asal Sedunia 2018 #PHOAS2018 World Indigenous Peoples Day #worldindigenousday This excursion is mostly self-funded with some support from #JOAS and #CendanaMalaysia *Technical details: 3 meters, EV 1.8+ at ISO3, 4 seconds exposure, f4.5


Borneo– Day 4 Presentation

#KantaBorneo [1] @cath.milly of Sarawak, receives her portraits [2] right after her Ngajat dance performance, highlight right after the speech and attendance of [3 & 4] Waytha Moorthy, Minister of Unity and Social Wellbeing, activist leader of the infamous Hindraf uprising, once in exiled, now officiating the Indigenous Celebrations and the fight for Indigenous Rights
#JOAS #PHOAS2018 #KantaPortraits #BeyondBorders #EdgesofMalaysia

Perayaan Hari Orang Asal Sedunia 2018 #PHOAS2018 World Indigenous Peoples Day #worldindigenousday This excursion is mostly self-funded with some support from #JOAS and #CendanaMalaysia

[1] cath.milly of Sarawak
[2] receives her portraits

[4] Waytha Moorthy, Minister of Unity and Social Wellbeing

[4] Presenting the project's initiatives to Waytha Moorthy

Borneo– Day 4

#KantaBorneo [1] Pak from Sarawak (left early in the morning without collecting his portrait, will need to mail this to his village), [2] Yusof receiving his portrait, [3] Gam of #AIPP Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact with the exhibition of Taiwanese natives, [4] with Lily Li of #COAC who likes burungs. [5] Testing cameras #1interchange and [6] #8intrepid every session. [7] now able to fit 3 people to experience the #mobiledarkbox. [8] performance of the iban tribe [9] with @cath.milly and her portrait [10]. *Some pics from @jojo_lks and @kamiliarozlan
#KantaPortraits #BeyondBorders #EdgesofMalaysia

Perayaan Hari Orang Asal Sedunia 2018 #PHOAS2018 World Indigenous Peoples Day #worldindigenousday This excursion is mostly self-funded with some support from #JOAS and #CendanaMalaysia

[1] Pak from Sarawak

[2] Yusof receiving his portrait

[3] Gam of #AIPP Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact
[4] Lily Li #COAC suka tengok burung
[5] Testing cameras

[6] #8intrepid

[7] fits 3 #mobiledarkbox

[8] iban tribe performance

[9] @cath.milly 

[9] her portrait


Borneo– day 3

#KantaBorneo [1] Bendelina of Sarawak. [2] I was part of the Media team for World Indigenous Peoples Day this year, held in Bau, Sarawak #PHOAS2018. Several native organisations involved, namely Indigenous Peoples Network of Malaysia, where there was a General assembly and electoral held, plus [3] seminars and workshops. Spent most times with the [4] Semenanjungs preparing the weaves for the cultural night. Setup 2 panel exhibition [5], of portraits of Taiwan's natives, and maps of whole Malaysia [6] with both cameras [7], attending the programs, with portrait sessions inbetween. And a spontaneous exhibit of printed portraits hung to dry (3rd batch) [8], while nights were with my new Sape teacher [9], and being with natives from all around Malaysia. [10] Yusof Isid of southern border village island of Sabah.

#KantaPortraits #BeyondBorders #EdgesofMalaysia
Mostly self-funded with some support from #JOAS and #CendanaMalaysia

[1] Bendelina of Sarawak
[2] Media team

[3] seminars

[4] weaving
[5] exhibit portraits

[6] cameras & maps
[7] setup booth

[8] prints to dry

[9] Sape Teacher
[10] Yusof


World Indigenous People's Day 2018

Coming week will be heading into Sarawak with @kantaportraits both cameras #1interchange & #8intrepid. Attending AGM of native organisations and the World Indigenous People's day at Bau Sarawak #PHOAS2018 #worldindigenousday, followed by a return visit to Miri #KantaBorneo #KantaPortraits


Setup print station, new stock & repairs

New stock just arrived. Thanks for prompt delivery. Although can only afford 10 sheets envelopes. It's about RM 30-50 a sheet! Fiber based paper, I'm going through my chemicals like water this time... Next shipment coming in September #KantaPortraits #Ilford #PetamuProjects #CendanaMalaysia #OCACtw @ocac_tw

Setup kamra #4woodie to do some enlargements/ reductions, print station for upcoming exhibition, opens 1st Sept! #OCACtw #PetamuProjects While camera #8intrepid quick fix & clean (needs sanding, waterproof coated, next round) kamra #1interchange gets a fix/ clean up. Leave for Borneo in a few days time.

#KantaPortraits #KantaBoxKamra #kamraefaoree #afghanboxcamera #intrepidcamera #lambelambe #camaraminutera @ocac_tw @intrepidcameraco @kantaportraits
With support from #CendanaMalaysia #EAIFP emerging artist incubation funding programme 2018


Awarded– Emerging Artist Fund CENDANA

Cultural Economy Development Agency Awarded the Emerging Artist Incubation Fund Programme #EAIFP 2018 by #CendanaMalaysia. Some much needed support for #KantaPortraits to get to fringes of Borneo. Enough to almost fund two trips to Sarawak. Much planning ahead, estimate 1st & 2nd quarter next year #KantaBorneo #KantaTaiwan #KantaBoxKamra — in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Thanks Koonyik for accepting the award on the project's behalf.


Day 2– Lanyu Island

Arrived on #Lanyu island #ScootTaiwan. Flight cancelled took ferry, puke twice... Wind strong, waves extra high... Ugh... But now am Scooting my own bike round island, recceing some beautiful sites, I would want to make landscapes. It's really windy and sea spray everywhere

#KantaTaiwan made it to #Lanyu Orchid Island on the southern tip of Taiwan. It's feels like the most beautiful end of the world place, beginning of time. Beautiful people and culture. Managed to make a few portraits last night, had no water, pipes burst!!! Had to make rounds to squeeze water (grapefruit juice included) about 130ml from non- alcoholic, acidic or alkalic liquid to make the chemicals. GrapeFruit pulps included! #KantaPortraits on a study trip of #BeyondBorders #PortraitsfromtheedgesofMalaysia #EdgesofMalaysia Our #Austronesian origin, where we are from #WesternMalayoPolynesian

Tour of Airport, all flights cancelled

5am on weather clearance

Pack, baggage load

bye bye taitung

top deck

sea got really rough, instructed to get in

land hoe!


scoot buddies

Lanyu, Orchid Island

traditional house visit

kick off night session amy 
night performance

doing the dance