Sambal goreng is a favourite Malay dish served during Hari Raya, made up of various ingredients like assorted meat, prawn, tauhu (tofu or bean curd) and tempe (soy bean cake). Titled Sambal Goreng, this exhibition presents a strong selection of artworks by prominent Singaporean artists in various mediums and styles. It aims to capture the spirit of Hari Raya and share the rich Malay heritage, thus encouraging cross-cultural and inter-faith understanding.
In a multiracial and multi-religious society like Singapore where people of diverse cultures, languages and faiths live harmoniously, communicate and work together, and have respect for each other's distinct customs, traditions and heritage, visual artists play an important role in creatively contributing to the development and well-being of our society. French author André Maurois said, "Art is an effort to create, beside the real world, a more humane world."
Apart from the exhibition, there will be an art talk and community art activity, to foster communication between cultures and faiths. Viewers and participants will have an intimate view into a faith that promotes peace and embraces diversity, and appreciate the social harmony that we proudly uphold.
As a local home-grown art gallery, Maya Gallery aims to give a voice to contemporary art with a focus on heritage and culture. It has held more than 60 exhibitions locally and overseas by more than 100 Singaporean and international artists, hosted art workshops, talks, book clubs and film screenings, and designed and published exhibition catalogues. The gallery has, in the space of seven years, contributed strongly to the development of the contemporary art scene in Singapore.
Wishing you Ramadan Kareem or Selamat Berpuasa, and Eid Mubarak or Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
Teng Wen Chang
Sambal Goreng—an art exhibition, art talk and community art activity—was a good example of how cross-cultural and inter-faith understanding could be enhanced through the arts. By featuring artists of different races in Singapore, Sambal Goreng not only showcased the richness of our Malay heritage, but also provided a platform for people from different communities to engage in dialogue on art appreciation.
The social harmony we enjoy in Singapore is precious and needs to be constantly protected and advanced. The arts play an important role in this effort, by deepening appreciation of our diverse cultures and beliefs among different communities. The Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth is happy to support initiatives that promote racial and religious harmony in Singapore, such as Sambal Goreng, through the Harmony Fund.
Congratulations to Maya Gallery for Sambal Goreng. And best wishes for continued success in the years ahead!
Senior Minister of State
Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth &
Ministry of Communications and Information
Supported by the Harmony Fund
Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth