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Friends in Need

1979 – 1993

Throughout her life, Nim actively engaged with global catastrophes, including the Vietnam War, the Bosnia War, and various refugee crises. In 1986, her work, Save the Seed That Will Save the Black People, which depicted Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher in a criticism of American and British involvement in South African apartheid, was abruptly taken down by staff at the National Art Gallery before an exhibition opening. This stirred controversy in the press, but Nim was supported by the then Director General of the National Art Gallery and fellow artist, Allahyarham Dato’ Syed Ahmad Jamal, along with British art critic Mary Beaumont, who said the incident proved that “political art is alive and well in Kuala Lumpur”.

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