Shahrul Hisham Ahmad Tarmizi
Guardian Gunung Telawas
1920px x 1080px, 30 fps Animation
2020

‘Guardian Gunung Telawas’ is represented through a heroic thematic as self-achieved submission. I was inspired by the story of the war between Meurah Silo and Sultan Malik Un-Nasir, in which Sultan Malik Un-Nasir had been defeated and fled to hide behind the mountain of Telawas. Later on the mountain was coined the name Kubu. The idea of hiding still remains sacred and mystical to this day. Kubu is a place where we can store sheltered items. My reflection of kubu is ascetic in self-understanding. I represent myself as a guardian as I love to climb mountains, feeling the air but also afraid of heights. I imagine myself as sitting on a chair while reading a book as an act of searching, reimagining and also unintentional meditation.