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M. Bakri Musa

Seeing Malaysia My Way

My Photo
Location: Morgan Hill, California, United States

Malaysian-born Bakri Musa writes frequently on issues affecting his native land. His essays have appeared in the Far Eastern Economic Review, Asiaweek, International Herald Tribune, Education Quarterly, SIngapore's Straits Times, and The New Straits Times. His commentary has aired on National Public Radio's Marketplace. His regular column Seeing It My Way appears in Malaysiakini. Bakri is also a regular contributor to th eSun (Malaysia). He has previously written "The Malay Dilemma Revisited: Race Dynamics in Modern Malaysia" as well as "Malaysia in the Era of Globalization," "An Education System Worthy of Malaysia," "Seeing Malaysia My Way," and "With Love, From Malaysia." Bakri's day job (and frequently night time too!) is as a surgeon in private practice in Silicon Valley, California. He and his wife Karen live on a ranch in Morgan Hill. This website is updated twice a week on Sundays and Wednesdays at 5 PM California time.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Piece Process 3: Art Exhibits

Some exhibits at the recent Piece Process 3 Held at Gavilan College, Gilroy, CA

"Bulldozer" 2003
Acrylic, 8' x 5'
John Pitman Weber

Each year, I see my artwork more clearly as Jewish commentary, a way to look at the big world and at my little world, full of anxiety and unresolved contradtiction. Since a recent visit to Israel/Palestine, voices of the dispossessed fill my waking dreams. I try to listen, to translate.
Biography: Best known as a public artist, John Pitman-Weber has participated in national and international exhibits. Recently, one of his paintings, on loan from the Spertus Musuem, traveled for two years with the N.Y. Jewish Museum's exhibition: "Bridges and Bundaries." Mr. Weber grew up in New York City, studied in Paris and Chicago, and teaches at Elmhurst College, near Chicago. His website is: jpweberart.com

"Stripes & Stars: Message from the White Hawk"
2002 Oil on Canvas 32" x 32"
Doris Bittar

The "Stars & STripes" series was triggered by the tragic events surrounding 9-11. The paintings are based on the innteractions between symbolic and non-figurative references. Islamic matrix patterns, the shared six-pointed Star of David, Persian floral Arabesque or calligraphic patterns cover the folded, waving or static American flag.
Biography: Doris Bittar is primarily known for herpaintings although she laso works with installations and photo constructions. Born in Baghdad of Lebanese and Palestinian parents, Bittar emigrated to the US as a child. She has her bachelors from SUNY at Purchase, and her MFA from the UC San Diego.

"The Kaffiyeh" 1996
Digital Print 16" x 20"
Rajie Cook

"The kaffiyeh speaks its peace." For apeople often ignored by the Western media, a traditional Palestininan head dress carrying a Western symbol can dramatize the desire for peace in the Middle East.
Biography: Rajie Cook (b 1930), an internationally-known graphic designer, photographer and artist lives in Washington Crossing, PA. He received the Presidential Award for Design Excellence from President Reagan and Elizabeth Dole on January 20, 1984. Cook is a graduate of the Pratt Istitute and in 1997 was selected as the Alumni of the Year, and has also served on the Pratt Advisory Board.

Yours truly making welcoming remarks at the Piece Process 3 Art Exhibition.
Photographs are by Karen Musa, with permission from the artists. Texts courtesy of Gavilan College Art Gallery, Gilroy, CA.


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