Anne Samat

Born, Lives & Works

1973. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Malay (Austronesian)


Anne Samat graduated from the Mara Institute of Technology in Malaysia with a bachelor’s degree in textile design.

Samat’s recent museum exhibitions include solo shows at MASS MoCA; the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech University; the University of Wyoming Art Museum; and a group show at the ArtScience Museum Singapore. In 2022, her work was prominently featured in the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India. In 2020, she took part in the Asia Society Triennial in New York, and in 2019 she exhibited at the Cheongju Craft Biennale in South Korea; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taiwan; and held a residency at the Hudson Valley MoCA.

Prior to that, her work was shown at the 2017 Yokohama Triennale in Japan. Her work is currently presented at the 2024 Sydney Biennale, and is in various private and public collections worldwide including The Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL; National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Singapore Art Museum (SAM), Singapore; KADIST Art Collection, Paris, France and San Francisco, CA; Hudson Valley MoCA, Peekskill, NY, among others.

Artist Statement

Anne Samat employs the Southeast Asian art of Pua Kumbu weaving and adds humble goods from dollar stores to construct brightly colored, gorgeous, totemic works. They resonate from deeply personal issues: family and identity, and speak of love, individuality, and liberation. Just as the search for self is a long and winding process for humanity, her sculptures do not reveal their underpinnings easily. Yet each work is foundationally unique, each with their own narrative embedded.

For Samat, it is paramount to embody what one feels to be from within, without fear, without coercion. Brightly colored and heavily adorned with details, each piece resonates as an avatar. She infuses her familial history into woven structures and symbols. The pieces embody personal stories; each sculpture is inspired by a different family member of hers, the figures of a mother and a daughter making a regular appearance. Handmade ropes cascade from armatures of radiating garden rakes. A pair of plastic funnels double as breasts, forks and spoons serve as a warp, and cassette tapes hang from chain-like 80s-era neckpieces. Everyday trinkets and cultural markers blend seamlessly with Samat’s intricate weavings to produce a family mythology that transcends time and geography.

Acknowledgements & Collaborators

Represented by Marc Strauss.

Malaysian artist representation in IOTA24 is supported by MyCreative Ventures Group, Malaysia.

Exhibiting at

John Curtin Gallery

JCG is one of WA's foremost public art galleries and curates the Curtin University Art Collection, located at Curtin's Bentley campus.


Curtin University, Building 200A, Kent St, Bentley WA 6102