Malaysia: Artist under government scrutiny for work critiquing USA

Malaysia’s painter J Anu recently came under government scrutiny for a work critiquing American involvement in Iraq.


The artist was involved in a police investigation regarding one of his paintings, ‘I is for Idiot’, a piece that was in a public group show co-organised by the National Art Gallery of Malaysia.

The work, which depicted a verse from the Koran, commented on the United State’s involvement in the Iraq War.

Art Radar interviewed J Anu to find out more about the artist’s brush with the law, censorship in the Malaysian melting pot and the future of local artists abroad.

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