Beyond barriers

06 May - 06 May 2019
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries 1 & 2, NAFA Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189655

[Left] “Pink Lying” by Warapan Wongtongdee (Nam), [Middle] “Simplicity People in Ban Na Yang 2” by Phonesepath Keosomsak (Xai) and [Right] “Santiniketan” by Sirintorn Haribhitak (Bee) might have contrasting artistic styles, but they share something in common: conveying ideas that matter most to them.

Preserving the richness of heritage, philosophy and legacy through different perspectives and mediums

The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) presents White Space, a concept that experiments with new ideas, possibilities and collaborations through the process of exhibition-making. NAFA’s Institute of Southeast Asian Arts & Art Galleries (ISEAA) is proud to work with three young Southeast Asian artists, Phonepaseth Keosomsak (Xai) of Laos PDR, Sirintorn Haribhitak (Bee) and Warapan Wongtongdee (Nam) of Thailand, who are all currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Cultural Management programme at the Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

White Space reveals the subjects that all three artists hold dear in their respective works; reflections of heritage, philosophy and legacy revealed in close to 70 drawings, paintings and photographs. Xai’s collection “Representation of Simplicity” captures the richness of the Laotian way of life in its modern-day villages through a series of photographs and drawings. He seeks to share the sense of place of indigenous heritage to the public, and to convey the aesthetic of simplicity, embodied in the Laotian lifestyle. Nam vividly encapsulates the vicissitudes of human life in contemporary times, as well as hope, through her works in a quintet specially created for this exhibition. Aptly titled  “Once in a Lifetime…..”, the pieces focus on very personal experiences of the artist offered on her maiden journey to Singapore. Bee’s “Thankful Memories of India” selectively references her study into ancient Thai mural paintings and an homage to the works of the celebrated pioneer Thai master Fua Haripitak.

A dialogue session with the 3 artists on their art practice, research and the exhibition-making process will take place on 3 May at The Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries 1& 2.

Annex A – Selected works and details of White Space
Annex B – Biographies of artists

Artists’ Interaction Session
Friday, 3 May 2019
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries 1 & 2
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Campus 1
11am – 2pm

Exhibition Details
White Space
6 – 12 May 2019
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries 1 & 2
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Campus 1
11am – 7pm
Free Admission