Ezrena Marwan is one of the founding members of Malaysia Design Archive, a platform that aims to give context to the history of graphic design in Malaysia. Through this platform she encourages discourse on the role of graphic design in nation building and national identity. She is also the convener of Perempuan Pereka, a collective for women designers in Malaysia & Indonesia, as well as co-founder of Sejarah Wanita, an archive of women’s history. Ezrena is a graphic designer passionate about women’s rights, history and design. She upholds the 1964 Design Manifesto that calls for “a reversal of consumerism and profit driven priorities in favor of more useful, lasting and democratic forms of communications”. Ezrena is currently the Co-Lead of Liberatory Archives and Memory at Whose Knowledge?.

Jac sm Kee is a feminist activist working at the intersection of internet technologies, social justice and collective power. Jac’s activism includes sexuality and gender justice, feminist movement building in a digital age, internet governance, open culture and epistemic justice. Jac is located within these movements at hyperlocal, networked and global levels. Amongst stuff Jac is proud of being part of, is co-founding the Take Back the Tech! collaborative global campaign on ending online gender-based violence, and stewarding the collaborative development of the Feminist Principles of the Internet. Jac is a founding member of the Malaysia Design Archive, and is currently making into reality with co-dreamers – Numun Fund – the first fund on feminist tech in the Larger World.

Simon Soon is a researcher and Senior Lecturer in the Visual Art Department of the Cultural Centre, University of Malaya. Simon joined Malaysia Design Archive in 2016. He completed a Ph.D. in Art History at the University of Sydney under an Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship. His thesis ‘What is Left of Art?’ investigates the spatial-visual cultures at the intersection between left-leaning politicised art movements and the emergent modern publics of Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines from 1950s–1970s. His broader areas of interest include comparative modernities in art, urban histories, history of photography and art historiography. He has written on various topics related to 20th-century art across Asia and occasionally curates exhibitions, most recently Love Me in My Batik: Modern Batik Art from Malaysia and Beyond. He is also co-editor of Narratives of Malaysian Art Vol. 4. From 2015–16, he is a participant in the Power Institute’s ‘Ambitious Alignments: New Histories of Southeast Asian Art’, funded by Getty Foundation’s ‘Connecting Art Histories’ initiative. He is also an editorial member of SOUTHEAST OF NOW: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art, a peer-review journal published by NUS Press.


Sheau Yun Lim (Sheau) is a writer and researcher on art and architecture. She is one-third of cloud projects, an independent publishing and curatorial collective working between art, architecture and history.

She moonlights as Research Lead at Malaysia Design Archive. Sheau holds a BA in Architecture (History, Theory & Criticism) from Yale University, where she was awarded the John Addison Porter Prize. She is currently pursuing her MArch at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Nadia Nasaruddin is a journalism graduate who loves history and archive-worthy things. She is currently addicted to Sudoku and a zealot of movies with lots of twisted plots in them.

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