• Steven Lee


Updated: Jan 29, 2020

Calling all KL photographers, we are celebrating Kuala Lumpur in 2020 with a special public exhibition. Please be part of this important event by submitting your creative proposal.

Pic : Chan Mei Ying


Where are we from? Where are we now? Where are we heading?


As we begin a new year and enter a new decade, KL-Ga would like to memorialise a vision of Kuala Lumpur with a new long term project called KL20X20.

The aim of KL20X20 is to celebrate all that has been achieved in the city and its inhabitants over the last decades in making Kuala Lumpur one of the most vibrant cities in SE Asia. Not least, the importance of the arts both grassroots and mainstream initiatives, have propelled the formation of many collaboratives and groups in creating new and interesting works.

Within the photography circle, we feel that this has taken a backseat in recent years with mainly derivative works, and hence, we at KL-Ga aim to restore the role of photography to the forefront with KL20X20.


As the project title suggests, we are looking to select 20 photographers based in and around KL, to each produce 20 images, with planned exhibitions and displays around the city in September. The photographic theme is guided by 'KL2020', as a milestone in our nation's history. The subject matter is entirely open to interpretation.


The 20 photographers will be selected from existing KL-Ga photographers and also new photographers. We will select projects that are cohesive, and visually challenging and close to the overall vision as possible. Projects can be cinematic, conceptual, futuristic, architectural, environmental, fine-art, portraits, still life. etc.

Open Call

The open call for project ideas begins today and ends on 31st January 2020. Participation is free and open to all Malaysian based photographers. We like to see project ideas - your interpretation of the theme and not past projects - although work in progress that meets the criteria may be considered. Please complete this online application by 15 February 2020 >>

Apply Here : https://bit.ly/2Fjbslk


January 2020 - Announce project and open call February 2020 - Select and announce 20 photographers February to June 2020 - Project executions July - August 2020 - Selection, edits and production September 2020 - City-wide exhibition.

Exhibition and Mini-Fest

A proposed exhibition is planned to take place during the month of September, in prominent venues around central Kuala Lumpur, alongside the Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards 2020 exhibition of winning portraits at ILHAM Gallery.

This is in planning stage and more information will be released later. We plan to hold exhibitions or displays in selected cafes and spaces around KL.


Framed prints, giant canvases and wall posters, monitor screens and projections, venue dependent.

For more information please the coordinators : Steven Lee svllee@gmail.com or Nadirah Zakariya hellonadirah@gmail.com


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Steven V-L Lee / Project Director / Chief Curator

Nadirah Zakariya / Co-curator

Munirah Rohaizan / Project Manager


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