COVID-19 exhibit documenting Malaysia’s response to outbreak opens in KL

Health DG Noor Hisham Abdullah wears a mask on Hari Raya among photos on display. Original photo by Harry Salzman. Photo: Coconuts KL
Health DG Noor Hisham Abdullah wears a mask on Hari Raya among photos on display. Original photo by Harry Salzman. Photo: Coconuts KL

Malaysia’s first physical COVID-19 photo exhibition has opened in Kuala Lumpur’s Publika Gallery.

The free photo exhibition named Bridging The Distance: Making Us Stronger runs every day from today until the end of this week, from 10am to 10pm. The photos tell a visual story of the nation’s response to the coronavirus outbreak since the start of the nationwide lockdown on March 18. 

Visitors checking out the photos at the exhibition. Photo: Coconuts KL
Visitors at the exhibition. Photo: Coconuts KL

Photos capture the daily lives of frontline workers, ministers, and regular Malaysians amid the pandemic, through the eyes of various photographers.

Organized by local visual art collective Fergana Art, the exhibition showcases more than 100 photos from 70 photographers who are also members of a union of emerging Malaysian photojournalists known as The Biddy’s. Viewers are required to stand behind the tapes pasted on the floor to ensure a safe distance from the photos. 

Saifuddin Abdullah (left) and art curator Jaafar Ismail admire a photo at the exhibition. Photo: Ministry of Communications and Multimedia /Facebook
Saifuddin Abdullah (left) and art curator Jaafar Ismail admire a photo at the exhibition. Photo: Ministry of Communications and Multimedia /Facebook

The exhibition was officially launched on Saturday and attended by the Minister of Communications and Multimedia Saifuddin Abdullah.

A photo of Health DG Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah spending Hari Raya with COVID-19 first-responders. Original photo by Harry Salzman. Photo: Coconuts KL
A photo of Health DG Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah spending Hari Raya with COVID-19 first-responders. Original photo by Harry Salzman. Photo: Coconuts KL
Photo of people passing groceries through an emergency MCO area, fenced with barbed wires. Original photo by Azneal Ishak. Photo: Coconuts KL
Photo of people passing groceries through an emergency MCO area, fenced with barbed wires. Original photo by Azneal Ishak. Photo: Coconuts KL
Photo of a custom-made banner encouraging Malaysians to ‘stay at home.’ Original photo by  by Izzudin Abdul Radzak. Photo: Coconuts KL
Photo of a custom-made banner encouraging Malaysians to ‘stay at home.’ Original photo by  by Izzudin Abdul Radzak. Photo: Coconuts KL
Photos of volunteers and policemen helping out local residents. Original photos by Annice Lyn (top) and Mukhriz Hazim (bottom). Photo: Coconuts KL
Photos of volunteers and policemen helping out local residents. Original photos by Annice Lyn (top) and Mukhriz Hazim (bottom). Photo: Coconuts KL
Photos of COVID-19 respondents, one dressed in a sampin (part of the baju Melayu) near an ambulance. Original photo by Nazreen Mohamad. Photo: Coconuts KL
Photo of COVID-19 respondents, one dressed in a sampin (part of the baju Melayu) near an ambulance. Original photo by Nazreen Mohamad. Photo: Coconuts KL
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (left) shopping for groceries. Original photo by Harry Salzman. Photo: Coconuts KL
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (left) shopping for groceries. Original photo by Harry Salzman. Photo: Coconuts KL

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