In Conversation with Curator - Zulkhairi Zulkiflee

Zulkhairi Zulkiflee portrait
Photo by Colin Wan

Zulkhairi Zulkiflee is an independent curator, educator and visual artist, and the joint curatorial winner of the 2020 IMPART Awards. Recently Zulkhairi co-curated How to Desire Differently at the Lim Hak Tai Gallery, a group exhibition that imagined complex representations of bodies of difference. Through artworks ranging from photography to painting, Zulkhairi and 8 fellow artists reframed prevailing issues of identity as informed by their practices. In this post, we speak to Zulkhairi about curating and showcasing his work in the exhibition, topics of interest in his practice as an artist-curator, his experience with IMPART Awards and what he’s been up to lately.

Congratulations on the opening of your exhibition! What was the inspiration and curatorial process behind How to Desire Differently?

ZZ: Following the last exhibition I put together called MAT, which was generously supported by Objectifs under their Curator Open Call, I wanted to focus on creating more alternative spaces for discourse by gathering works that intersect concerns of race, class and sexuality. In some sense, these topics represent social variables that are mediated by the body in