Eff navigates the scaling staircase of Ruang Irama with easy familiarity. Saluted by a red door that swung open upon two knocks and one key through a door lock, Ruang Irama presents itself as an instant friend.
“Now it’s called Bukit Jelutong Eco Community Park but it was named and re-named a few times. Growing up here though, people I knew just called it ‘Dua Alam’”, Syukri remarks. Binti pens down her conversation with Syukri A. Rahim.
Transcultural Lullabies is an audio-visual project by Rohingya poet Mayyu Ali and Malaysian artist Sharon Chin, pairing Rohingya and Malay folksongs unified with a patterned artwork in an effort to bridge the two cultures.
This aesthetic, fed to us across generations through countless highly-descriptive purple proses and movies may have been nothing save a romanticization, yet I believe we can generally agree that there is some sort of foundation to this age-old fascination with book-reading.