We are extremely excited to announce the final phase of this 4-year project which will come to a ‘Season’ finale this November with an exhibition at the Ilham Gallery Level 3 in Kuala Lumpur.

The exhibition opens on Saturday 24th November 2018 until 27 January 2019, and we would welcome and invite all our friends and followers from the photography community to the Opening Reception. We will be joined by our friends from Japan, including project co-initiator Naoko Ohta and Japanese photographers.

On Sunday 25th, November, there will be a Panel Discussion by the artists of their works and on how they developed their projects with the given briefs, challenges and selections for display,  followed by a Q&A session.

The Two Mountains Photography Project was the brainchild of Naoko Ohta and Steven Lee, who met at Mt.Rokko International Photo Festival on the invitation of Takeki Sugiyama, the festival director in 2013. Since it’s inception in 2014 with an exhibition in Kuala Lumpur with TM1.0, a subsequent exhibition was organised in Tokyo for TM2.0 in 2017 at the Taisho University.

The mission intention of the TM project when it was originally discussed and planned in 2013/14  was to promote a cross-cultural understanding between nations – Malaysia and Japan; but it became aware that the importance of personal vision amongst the artists, in this case, the selected photographers from each nation, was beginning to shape and direct the next phases of the project.

Most importantly, however, in a collaborative project like this, is that we acknowledge the personal efforts from all parties involved in the journey, to visualising and creating something tangible that is unique and socially far-reaching in its significance. Only through the medium of photography and video can some of these emotive and personal expressions be shared with the audience without being cliché or mainstream in their messages.

The TM3.0 exhibition will display the projects of :

Mikio Hasui

Atsushi Okuyama

Yuki Morita

Nadirah Zakariya

Nana Safiana

Stacy Liu

The TM team acknowledges the support and sponsorship of exhibition prints by HP DesignJet Malaysia and Photo Media, and the collaborative support with Ilham Gallery and Aesop.

Programs to participate

24 November 2018 / Saturday  – Opening Reception  3:00pm ~ 5:00pm – All Welcome

25 November 2018 / Sunday – Panel Discussion with artists, Q&A 2:00pm – 4:00pm – All welcome

12 January 2019  01 December 2018 / Saturday – Workshop – HAIKU IN PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPRESSIONS WORKSHOP with Nadirah Zakariya and Stacy Liu – registration with gallery – 2:00pm ~ 4:00pm

Assemble poetic moments in your photographs to create ‘visual poetry’. The artistic photo series usually comprises a visual journey which can be read similarly to poetry. This experimental session will bring together the creative resources of the facilitators and participants in assembling mini-photo series which may be influenced by haikus or poems, referencing the peaks of Mt.Fuji and Kinabalu.

02 December 2018 / Sunday – CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY FOR CHILDREN with Nana Safiana and Nadirah Zakariya – Fee RM20/child – registration with gallery – 11:00am ~ 1:00pm

Join TM3.0 photographers Nana Safiana and Nadirah Zakariya for a fun afternoon making images in the surroundings of ILHAM and learn creative techniques in posing, props, and basic exposure controls.


All events take place at ILHAM Gallery


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