HEADLINES, 1991-2022

Ali Alasri, Faiq Syazwan Kuhiri, Mark Teh & Wong Tay Sy

2017 - 2022
13 min 17 sec

Headlines (1991-2022) traces the evolving dreams, desires, anxieties, and contradictions around Wawasan 2020 - launched in 1991 by then-Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad as a 'national formula' to transform Malaysia into a high-income, first world nation-state by the year 2020. Using newspaper headlines sourced across three decades, the work unfolds chronologically and considers how Vision 2020 reappears hauntologically as both an aspiration and expiration date for Malaysia. Headlines (1991-2022) surfaces the afterlives of Vision 2020 - deferred, fading, postponed, ongoing - and hints at the multiplicity of alternative and lost futures that remain to be realised.