phase 2 (2016-2018):
REDISCOVERING EACH OTHER
our JOURNEY AROUND MALAYSIA
When Phase 1: Vision for Malaysia was over, we realized that we weren't even close to scratching the surface of discovering and understanding Malaysia. This led us to The Rojak Projek's Phase 2: Rediscovering Each Other. From Malaysia Day 2016 onwards, we traveled through our 13 states and achieved two main things:
1. Filmed a documentary of our 'not-so-perfect-but-very-heartcore' journey where we collected Malaysian stories in a bid to understand the different cultures in each state and discover elements of unity and 'rojak' (mixes) embedded in their local architecture, languages, people and many other areas.
2. We continued our art movement and in the process of exploring different kinds of food, we were able to experience interesting local cultures and meet tribes that we have never even heard of before.
Our journey gave birth to produced 540 artworks showcasing Malaysians from all 13 states. Why 540? Because Malaysia was born on the 16th of September 1963 (54 years prior to 2017) when East Malaysia was included as an essential part of the Malaysian federation. Without Sabah and Sarawak, Malaysia would not be Malaysia. In 2018, we added the final 10 to make it 550 in conjunction with Malaysia Day.
/ Disciplines: Malaysian impact and awareness
additional images THAT WERE NOT SHOWN IN THE DOCUMENTARY (2016-2017)
"A powerful and inspiring documentary, that encourages and makes me want to rediscover Malaysia and along the way, each other. Thank you for this, sharing and showing us your journey, allowing us to have a glimpse of what your senses had experienced the past year. Looking forward to more of what the The Rojak Projek will embark on to unite us all as one."
- Carmen Koo, Malaysia
MADE in MALAYSIA
This is not about food art. This is conceptual work, portraying the story of a few young Malaysians who went on a journey around Malaysia to rediscover our diverse people and culture. A journey that aims to transform the idea of being colour-blind to colour-embracing (from 'Malay', Chinese' 'Indian' and 'lain-lain' to Malaysian), in a time where the call for unity has never been more profound. In their travels they found that we are all 'Rojak' (mixed) that speaks about the beauty and diversity of our country and identity. They realized that after almost 60 years since Malaysia was formed, Malaysians are still ignorant about the many other people and cultures in their own land.
PS: All food were eaten, packed, documented, delivered to bless others and causing us to gain terrible weight for the entire year!!! With the works we've done so far, we've only managed to cover a portion of Malaysia in it's entirety! That means that there is so much more to discover! Now, you can play a part in helping us uncover the hidden gems that Malaysia has to offer! Find out how.
© The Rojak Projek
Pssst... If you've noticed, some of our food originates from different parts of the world like China, India, Thailand and Indonesia. It ties back to our roots, our history and where we're from and it's definitely part of our identity! Malaysian food however is a very interesting combination as a result of the intermingling of our taste buds. Most of our food in Malaysia is not the same. We have unique flavours and we believe our food takes it to the next level. Despite our differences, Malaysians are often seen together eating food from each others cultures. It's truly and uniquely something that unites us all!
IF YOU LIKE TO SHARE AND SHOWCASE THESE ARTWORKS
EMAIL US AT THEROJAKTEAM@GMAIL.COM
Our Final Chapter (2018)
We're recording down our last leg till Malaysia Day (16th September)
12th August, Sunday, 5:00 pm @ KLCC