Zaki Razak’s practice investigates human consciousness, the hermeneutics of art and its systems of circulation and reception. His interest in social languages and rituals led him to create works that take advantage of everyday situations, subject them to wordplay and humour, and involve the audience through engaging their participation in the art-making process. Some of his notable works include Death of an Artist (2011) where he declared himself dead and engaged a lady crier to cry over his death, seVen: a wedding exhibition (2011) where he made his own wedding a public exhibition of performances, and more recently, Revising Art: The Ten Year Series (2013), part of the President’s Young Talents Award exhibition at Singapore Art Museum.
2014 was planned to be a sabbatical from any major project. Zaki invested most of his time in reading books and reflecting upon their content. The aim was to get a better understanding of the deceptive state of the contemporary world. The prominent focus was on a comparative that spanned medieval religious manuscripts beginning with the Holy Qur’an all the way to modern and contemporary mass media analyses. In keeping with his aim, he scoped out the current practices of the media. His position is that the media has been ‘sculpting’ not only the metropolis but has also been engaging the mindset of its commuters in a powerful yet deceptive manner.
Zaki considers the current time to be most appropriate to project his concerns over the state of the arts, both local and global.