Mahen Bala is a photographer, filmmaker, and writer who has worked on documenting Malaysian history and identity for more than a decade. His primary interest is in investigating memory, social history, and how these factors make up individual and communal identity. In 2017, he represented Malaysia on an expedition to Antarctica which then resulted in ‘No Man’s Land’, at National Art Gallery. The exhibition explored the past, present and future of human activity on the frozen continent. In 2018, he published ‘Postcards from the South’, a documentation of memory, identity, and history of the Malaysian railways. He is currently on a fellowship with the Japan Foundation Asia Center, working on a project titled ‘Longing and Belonging: Railway Heritage in Southeast Asia and Japan’.