Antonius, Diploma in Graphic Communication
Doris Choo Li Ling, Diploma in Design (Interior and Exhibition)
Tan Ee Lyn, Diploma in Fine Art
21 x 60 x 60 cm
Inaugural hybrid exhibition of Angkor Wat II and Flagship Genius demonstrates NAFA’s role in nurturing young leaders and cultural producers in the region
For the first time, the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) is presenting two of its key annual showcases – Flagship Genius and Angkor Wat II – in a single hybrid exhibition. Running from 12 to 24 January, this double-bill features the creative outcomes of students who participated in the second iteration of the academy-wide project using Angkor Wat as a creative stimulus, as well as selected works by NAFA’s young and emerging talent from the Fine Art, 3D Design, Design & Media and Fashion Studies programmes.
The sixth edition of “Flagship Genius” showcases selected works by up-and-coming artists who have been trained and nurtured by the Academy. Held in conjunction with NAFA’s Open House, the exhibition gives aspiring artists a good preview on what they would be learning and making as an art student at NAFA.
Featuring 21 works in total, one of the highlights of Flagship is a capsule exhibition as seen by His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, who paid a special visit to NAFA on 1 Nov 2017. On that eventful day, NAFA’s community of young artists, designers and musicians had the honour of interacting and introducing their works to His Royal Highness.
The exhibition also features additional works by Fine Art alumnus Yu Danya, as well as both new and older animation reels produced by students from Design & Media programme. In the creation of these artworks, the artists have drawn inspiration from their personal and community experiences to explore subjects close to their heart, that at the same time reflect contemporary issues that viewers can identify with. For instance, a student from Graphic Communications programme did a short video addressing the influence of social media and how youths are compelled to conform to gain and maintain popularity.
With this vibrant and diverse line-up, Flagship continues to be a testament to NAFA’s long history in art education and the vital role it plays in nurturing cultural producers in Singapore and the region.
Annex 1 - Selected works and details of Flagship Genius
Angkor Wat II
The rich culture, history and myths of Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage site, are presented in creative forms through 3D lighting, games, colouring books and digital animation at this exhibition. These are some the outcomes of an eight-month long academy-wide project jointly managed and nurtured by the Institute of Southeast Asian Arts (ISEAA) and the academic schools in NAFA.
Since May 2017, over 200 students from multiple disciplines including 3D Design, Design & Media, Fine Art, Music Teaching, Dance and Mandarin Drama have been investigating Southeast Asian art and art history, focusing on Angkor Wat. These students went through lectures, workshops and an on-site overseas trip for a selected group where they dived deep into the realm of Southeast Asian art and art history. The 31 physical works showcased in this exhibition as well as 5 performance pieces presented on the night of the official opening are a culmination of what they conceptualised and created based on the themes ‘stories and myth’ and ‘time and space’.
Annex 2 - Selected works and details of Angkor Wat II