Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

A collection of articles created during my stint as a journalist at The Macau Daily Times

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Parodying society’s most serious issues

Posted by Kimberly on November 16, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
November 16, 2007 (927 words)

The moment that forever changed the life of Antonio Antunes occurred during the Montreal Cartoon saloon in 1983.

The now multi-award winning Portuguese cartoonist had won the Grand Prize for his 1982 cartoon on Lebanon, where he turned the famous boy from the Warsaw ghetto into a kaffiyehed, or turbaned, Palestinian, showing off his sense of irony.

“It was to call for the attention towards the massacre of Shatila,” said Antonio, referring to the deaths of between 800 and 1,000 old men, women and children near Beirut, Lebanon.

Antonio turned it into a remarkable criticism on the invasion, replacing Israeli soldiers with the Germans and Lebanese in the place of the Jewish.

This sort of no-holds-barred style of artistic expression can be seen throughout Antonio’s illustrious career and has culminated in his current bust interpretations of national political personalities and others such as Portugal’s famous poet Luis Vaz de Camoes and Sigmund Freud.

Asked whether he still derives pleasure from his work after a career that spans more than thirty years, the 54-year-old said, “it’s a different kind of pleasure, not the same as when I started, not the same fascination or involvement. Read the rest of this entry »

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Joey, the dragon and the monk

Posted by Kimberly on October 13, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
October 13, 2007, page 18 (1,021 words)

It’s difficult not to fall in love with the latest work of local artist Joey Ho Chong I, considering it’s based entirely on the idea of magic.
The 30-year-old, who hinted at her age being close to that number, is showing her third exhibition at Creative Macau with the open reception occurring last night.
Asked where she received her inspiration from this time, Joey admits it came from a classical Chinese story, the novel titled ‘Journey to the West’, a tale involving students, magic, a monk and a monkey king, among other highly fantastical creatures.
“It’s a very interesting story the first time I read it and so I did again,” she said adding that she found “lots of special characters inside.”
So she chose three creatures and one human, the monk, to depict her art.
“One character is very wicked, always needing protection from the monkey king,” she said, adding that the story is a true one, about a monk in the Tang dynasty, searching for the holy bible. Read the rest of this entry »

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Collections from the Louvre on show at Macao museum

Posted by Kimberly on September 9, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
9 September, 2007, page 2 (626 words)

The Macao Museum will be showcasing the Chalcography collection of the Louvre Museum from today until December 2. Titled ‘From Versailles to the Forbidden City – Engravings from the Louvre’, the exhibition displays over 130 valuable engravings collected by the Louvre.
In her speech at the press conference for the exhibition’s opening, Ms Heido Ho, President of the Cultural Affairs Bureau (ICM) said that despite the distance of the two, Versailles and the Forbidden City were linked by many cultural ties, one of which was the art of the “copperplate engraving, a tradition that strengthened the relationship between the two time-honoured cultures and, in doing so, passed through the gateway of Macau.”
She added that, through the travels of the Jesuit missionaries, Macau became “a point of entry for the arrival in China of these engravings and the culture of the European Renaissance as a whole.”
cooper engraving started in Europe in the 15th century, with the exhibition highlighting such pieces as “The cabinet du Roi,” a Louis XIV collection sent by missionaries of his court to Emperor Kangxi in 1687; “The Conquests of the Emperor of China” which features a set of 16 engravings ordered by Emperor Qianlong to immortalise his conquest of the Dzungars and the Muslims. Read the rest of this entry »

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Blending east and west in modern Macau

Posted by Kimberly on September 8, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
September 8, 2007, page 18 (1,038 words)

The first thing you realise about artist Lam Kin Ian is that he doesn’t look anything like one. But take one glance around the Centre of Creative Industries that’s currently housing his latest exhibition and you begin to realise just how much artistic talent this Shanghainese-born, Macau resident has to offer.
And he isn’t happy with just one particular style of artistic expression. Within the twenty paintings on offer one can see a range of techniques, both oriental (Haipai art) and western, using watercolour with acrylic on canvas. It’s the broad possibilities that sometimes vexes the artist whose goal it is to “really complete a painting.”
“For me the target I want to achieve is that every time I start a creation I want to complete it and be satisfied it is done,” says the 50-something-year-old.
“So I put all my effort into finishing and creating a perfect picture.
“I think the creation of the art side is endless because even though I finish one piece of work I don’t really think its finished because I’m always in the process of exploring something new.
“I think my target is very difficult to achieve!” he adds.
Titled ‘True Expressions’, his current exhibition, he says, is about his daily life. It reflects what he sees on a daily basis, what he hears and feels. Read the rest of this entry »

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Children’s art: When the colour-blind lead the uninitiated

Posted by Kimberly on August 22, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
August 22, 2007, page 2 (1,253 words)

Macau seems to have local artists in abundance, those with years of teachings and experience who are willing to impart their wisdom on the curious.
But there’s another group of artists that don’t get the spotlight shone on them, whose paintings under due tutelage, remain in a basement.
These are the children of Macau, whose parents choose to involve them in creativity rather than frivolity.
And they are taught the use of the paintbrush by two Filipino artists who have been painting since childhood.
Ernelio (Nel) and Bernadita (Diddith) Canasa are a team, not only through marriage, but through their commitment to provide local children with a creative outlet over the course of two summer months.
The couple also taught painting in the Philippines until Diddith mentioned to her husband the possibility of perhaps taking their teachings outside of the country.
“Then I told her where do you want to begin? She said I think I’ll begin in Hong Kong,” said Nel. Read the rest of this entry »

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