Roslisham Ismail (aka Ise) is a multidisciplinary artist whose works include installations, video art and participatory projects. Drawing on expressions of popular culture such as comics and graffiti, his practice explores links between these forms of expression and representations of alternative histories of place and culture.

Ise’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at The Laundromat Project, New York (2016); Bangkok University Gallery (2014); Jalan Mesui, Kuala Lumpur (2010); Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur Gallery (2008); Australia High Commission, Gallery 4A, Sydney (2007); Kedai Kebun Forum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2007) and Asia-Australia Art Centre, Sydney (2006). His work has also been presented in group exhibitions at the MAIIAM, Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai, Thailand (2017); Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (2017); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2017); Goethe-Institut, Singapore International Festival of Arts (2016); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015); Center Of Contemporary Art, Singapore (2015); Arter, Istanbul (2014); OPENHAUS, ZK/U, Berlin (2014) and Asian Art Biennale, Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Taichung (2013), among others.

Ise has participated in residencies at the Asian Cultural Council, New York (2016); Center of Contemporary Art, Singapore (2015); Bangkok University Gallery (2014); 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney (2012) and Seoul Art Space Hongeun (2011).

Ise is the founder of Parkingproject, an artist’s space based in his apartment in Kuala Lumpur, and a co-founder of the Malaysian art publication sentAp!

Ise completed his Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia (1997). Born in Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia in 1972, he currently lives and works between Kota Bharu and Kuala Lumpur.

SAF participation:
Sharjah Biennial 14

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In video, drawing, installation and participatory projects, Roslisham Ismail (aka Ise) employs expressions of popular vernacular with an eye toward unpacking the complex, and often alternative, cultural roots of a place.