Born in Malaysia, Anuar Ayob came to America two years ago to further his study in Electronic Arts at RPI in Troy, NY. His work deals with issues of the social and cultural identity of the Malay people. Being a foreigner in America, with different cultures, issues, perceptions, and complications, Ayob has produced artworks in video, installation and the internet that relate to his homeland. In Ayob’s 2002 10:34:20 single channel experimental documentary video, PRESERVING MALAY, he portrays the lifestyles of a Malay family, from Malaysia, who has been living in Troy, New York for the past 8 years. The video is about parents who are trying to enlighten and maintain the identity of their children by teaching them the culture, language, and the lifestyles of the Malay people and Islamic practice. This experimental documentary was a collaboration of the subjects (all the family members), who not only participated in acting, but also in capturing and recording their own video.
Anuar Ayob worked as an assistant lecturer in the Fine Arts Program at the University of Malaysia, Sarawak, before coming to the USA two years ago to further his study in Electronic Arts at RPI in Troy, New York.