Flagship Genius featuring Ayutthaya III: Creative Exploration of Interdisciplinary Arts

13 January 2022

Rosanes Jairiz Mattieu Santos, The Silhouette of Ayutthaya, Lamp, 30 x 21 x 21cm

14 January 2022 (Fri) – 6 February 2022 (Sun), 11am to 7pm
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries 1 & 2
80 Bencoolen St, Singapore 189655
Free admission, closed every Monday and Public Holidays
Enquiries: [email protected]


Jointly managed and nurtured by the Institute of Southeast Asian Arts (ISEAA) and the academic schools at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Flagship Genius featuring Ayutthaya III is the third iteration of the double-bill exhibition which invites visitors to embark on an inspiring, cultural experience as they explore the world of Ayutthaya, from 14 January 2022 (Fri) to 6 February 2022 (Sun). For the past decade, Flagship Genius has been successful in discovering, supporting, and cultivating young artists and is an ever-growing testament to the academy’s mission to promote learning and growth through the arts.

Ayutthaya III
In conjunction with NAFA’s Open House 2022, Ayutthaya III boasts a range of emerging talents across disciplines within the academy, from Fine Art, 3D Design, Arts Management, Fashion, Dance, Theatre, and Music programmes. In this iteration as with the previous two, students explored the ancient kingdom as a creative stimulus. The selection of Ayutthaya as a subject matter for an academy-wide interdisciplinary project, and previously Angkor Wat from 2016 to 2018, solidifies NAFA’s dedication to Southeast Asian arts, showcasing its relevance and possibilities in contemporary arts and design.

Students from NAFA’s School of Music will liven up the exhibition with Dancing Shadows in the Temple, a rousing on-campus musical performance that seamlessly combines Gamelan instruments and the Guzheng through the melodies of the ancient times. Visitors will also be treated to a dance performance, Sat Chatri, meaning to battle and challenge, conveyed through traditional Thai folk dance set to drumbeats inspired by the Ayutthaya period. In preparation for this choreography, students were mentored by Dr Paphutsorn Koong Wongratanapitak, Founder and Director of Absolutely Thai by Kansadaeng Watthanatham Company Limited, to capture the essence of the traditional dance performance technique.

In addition, the audience can expect a well-rounded narrative of the historic city, such as weaving the stories of heritage into fashion textile accessories and artworks that incorporate the distinctive aesthetic of Ayutthaya, from its architecture to its natural landscape. One of the highlights is The Silhouette of Ayutthaya, a lamp that emulates a poetic dynamic interplay between light and shadow, based on the traditional Thai shadow play, Nang Yai.

Flagship Genius
Alongside the Ayutthaya III showcase, Flagship Genius showcases NAFA’s brightest artistic talents, marking its 10th edition this year with emerging young artists and designers from the different disciplines who have gone on to establish themselves in their respective fields. Featured works include paintings and installations by alumna artist Ho Seok Kee and a spot commercial directed by 2019 Ngee Ann Kongsi Gold Medallist, Natasha Benedicta. Other works include Mama's Pavillion, an interior design artwork by Sheryka Umaya, which attained numerous prestigious awards in 2020 such as Silver for Interior Design Confederation Singapore's Spatial Design Awards (SPADE) and placed second at the AkzoNobel Colour Award. Sufi Bin Suhaimi’s Let’s Talk About Global Warming, an animation and motion film on climate change, which clinched Gold at the Crowbar Awards 2021 will also be on display.

NAFA is immensely proud of the achievements of our young trailblazers and changemakers who now lead and shape the development of the arts and creative scene in Singapore.

ANNEX 1 – Images of Selected Works
ANNEX 2 – Background Information