Lostgens’ Contemporary Art Space

Founded 2004, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Lostgens’ Contemporary Art Space was founded in 2004 by a group of artists in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Fondly known to locals as Lostgen, it started out as “Lost Generation Space,” functioning as a collective and experimental art space.

After 2007, Lostgens’ matured into a public platform dedicated to building a multilayered artistic culture by bridging contemporary art with activists, grassroots groups, community elders and progressive youth groups. Currently located in the rapidly gentrifying Chinatown area in the heart of the city, their programme consists of exhibitions, community art projects and festivals, artist residencies, exchange, and the Lostgens’ Classroom. Through the Petaling Street Community Art Project (2011), Lostgens played a key role in assembling their neighbourhood’s resistance to urban redevelopment plans that threatened the local community with destruction and displacement. They have also initiated and organised projects in disparate parts of the country, each time developing locally appropriate methods to actualize local communities’ involvement.

Lostgens’ has undeniably contributed to the growing local appreciation for community-oriented preservation of cultural heritage, vernacular aesthetics and intergenerational transmission of history. Founding member Yeoh Lian Heng has been invited to share his know-how at various biennials. With the support of his partner Tsuji Lam and a network of friends, Yeoh continues Lostgens’ commitment to an art in context and with communities.

Biography information by Jo-Lene Ong, from “SEA: Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia”, January 2023

Country: Malaysia
Social Media: @lostgens.artspace