For the first time in history, Fine Art students from both Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and LASALLE College of the Arts came together to question the parallel yet divergent approaches towards artmaking today. The two-month long project culminates in a joint exhibition, featuring more than 10 artworks on display at NAFA’s Lim Hak Tai Gallery from 21 August to 2 September 2018.
Entitled ‘Centering the Margin’, the project is about finding the balance and reframing Southeast Asia narratives through the eyes of 10 young artists, who were tasked to research and reflect on issues pertinent to the region. In June 2018, the artists embarked on a research and study trip together to Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Through workshops, seminars, visits to artist spaces and studios, they worked in teams comprising members from both schools, and responded to their findings.
Ms Sabrina Koh, Vice Dean of NAFA’s Fine Art programme said, “We are very excited to see this inaugural project coming to a fruition. This meaningful collaboration embraces the strengths and unique differences between both schools, providing an immediate and collective platform for these graduates still in the nascent stages of their practice, in a convergence of emerging young voices of Singapore’s art ecosystem. We hope that the art community will continue to support our next generation of artists, and through such collaborations, the community spirit be strengthened further.”
Dr S. Chandrasekaran, Head of LASALLE’s McNally School of Fine Arts said, “This has been an exciting and fruitful partnership. Art and artists have never belonged in silos, and the theme of Centering the Margin resonated with the students in a way that allowed them to share ideas and explore Southeast Asian narratives through the different approaches of both institutions. I felt the collaboration should be beyond the classroom teaching environment and should be full of fun and play in producing the artworks, hence the research trip to Jogjakarta. I believe the students have learned a lot and built friendships throughout the journey.”
The artworks showcased what the budding artists explored - a variety of themes that resonates in Singapore and Southeast Asia contemporary art, issues such as identity within a collaboration, socio-economics within cultural production, gender roles and collective memories. Various mediums of artworks were created in the process, including mixed media installations, printed matter, and explorations in video and sound.
As part of this project, there will also be a symposium organised on 29 August 2018, at LASALLE’s Fine Art Studios. At this event, the participating artists will be presenting and sharing their artworks.
Choo Li Wei Lewis, Ahdini Izzatika, Mahalakshmi Kannappan, Koh Kai Ting, Dea Ratna Komala, Lee Ju-Lyn, Nurul Izzaty Mohd Sozali, Aneesha Shetty, Tan Jia Hui Angela, Yang Junwei
Annex 1 - Selected works and details of Centering the Margin
Annex 2 - Artists Biographies
Centering the Margin
21 August – 2 September 2018
11am - 7pm daily*
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*Due to Singapore Night Festival, exhibition will open from 7-11pm on 22 August, and opening hours will extend till 11pm from 20 to 25 August.
Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 3pm
LASALLE College of the Arts, McNally Campus
Fine Art Studio, B1-08/09