After more than six years of trying to find support for her art in Malaysia, only to be faced with discrimination and criticism, Visithra Manikam has found international success through NFTs. She is currently Malaysia's biggest selling artist on the OpenSea platform and has sold three art pieces to rapper Snoop Dogg. Vasitha shared the following with The Vibes publication about her experience being an artist in Malaysia:
“Very few Malaysian Indian artists get opportunities in the top Malaysian art galleries, nor in government-funded exhibitions. Cendana (Cultural Economy Development Agency) had a show in 2019 with 42 artists, but only one was Indian.
“I’ve been in shows where I’m the token Indian. Between January and September 2019, there were 71 exhibitions in the top nine galleries – only six shows featured Malaysian Indian artists.
“When I brought this up, I was told my art wasn’t good enough, it was too ‘Indian’. However, at the same time, we see those who culturally appropriate our art and culture getting solo exhibitions with these galleries.
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