A SPECIAL PRIZE FOR LOCAL ARTIST

Published on 26 January 2017

Image Credit: Singapore Art Museum

Billionaire art patron Mr Soichiro Fukutake, Founder and President of Benesse Art Site Naoshima, was so impressed with artist Zulkifle Mahmod’s sound-based installation piece SONICreflection for the Singapore Biennale 2016 that he created the Soichiro Fukutake Prize to honour the work. It was a surprise award given out during the announcement of the prestigious art prize award Benesse Prize by the Singapore Art Museum and Japanese corporation Benesse Holdings, Inc.

Said Mr Fukutake in an official statement, “I was deeply impressed by this particular work, skilfully incorporating voices and sounds collected from Asian migrant communities in contemporary Singapore. It is contemplative, triggering sensorial and poetic reflections on various social territories and the human environment, as well as on our lives.”

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