Hi, I’m Syar. I’m a writer and organizer based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
My love of words and the arts started in childhood, growing from writing poems on my father’s typewriter and passing notebooks of fanfiction around with my classmates to working in communications, arts administration, independent publishing, rights advocacy, and education. I’m deeply invested in language — verbal and non-verbal forms, how we use it, how we build and derive meaning from it, how it can be transformed and alchemized, its histories, and the responsibility and power that comes with it.
Through an open, questioning, and process-and-community focused approach, I hope to create and participate in work that deconstructs stagnant systems and builds connections between people, narratives, history, and power.
What I want to keep building in my next decade of exploration is collaborative and collective creating, changemaking and solidarity with marginalized peoples, connecting to shared histories and modern struggles within Southeast Asia, and exploring language and behaviours in digital spaces.
I’ve worked as: writer, editor, project / campaign coordinator, production / residency / social media manager, rapporteur, moderator, performer, facilitator, teacher. I’ve enjoyed positive and fruitful working experiences with All Women’s Action Society Malaysia (AWAM), Association of Progressive Communications (APC), Biawak Gemok Zine Distro, EMPOWER Malaysia, International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW), ISSUE Magazine, La Trobe Student Theatre and Film, Rimbun Dahan Artist Residency, Think City. In my spare time, my collaborator and I provide tarot readings for individuals and events through our outfit, Mellow Tarot.
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Page last updated: August 11 2018.