The works of 35 graduates from NAFA’s School of Art & Design were featured at NAFA’s ‘Best of Best Show 2019’. These works showcased their creativity in addressing a whole host of matters and issues arising in the city: for example, the scars left by the Japanese Occupation as well as a range of social issues, from mental illness to the disconnection between the elderly and society.
These works were curated by Kimberly Shen, Programme leader of the Fine Art Programme, and Terence Yeung, Senior Lecturer from the Design and Media Programme. Kimberly questioned the idea of what it means to be ‘best’. Terence shared that they used the three major considerations as the selection criteria: the depth of the topic in the work; whether they are concerned with current trends and issues; and whether they challenge the limits and propose new perspectives for the status quo.
The works featured in this article are by students Ryan Lim, Mandy Zhuang, Lim Ming Wei and Abdul Hakeem James Hausley. Ryan’s works proposed a better way of wayfinding through clearer signages at MRT stations. Mandy Zhuang’s works featured a forgotten WWII memorial at Bukit Batok. Lim Ming Wei’s work featured the artistic utilisation of space underneath flyovers, and James showcased his design for a psychological healing centre for High Conflict Persons.
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