Presenting the artists of the future
The LASALLE Show Exhibition 2018
Published on 23 May 2018
By: Victoria Tay
The 32nd edition of the LASALLE Show will see a cohort of diploma, degree and Masters students graduating across 31 different programmes and arts disciplines. This year’s exhibition will see fashion and design showcases, performances as well as over 800 pieces of art on display at LASALLE College of the Arts from 17 – 30 May 2018.
This annual event has been a staple in the arts industry and marks the artistic debut of many up and coming Singaporean artists, dancers and actors. Many industry veterans and talent scouts flock to the exhibition to spot potential new talent and hires. Luminaries such as Kit Chan, Mina Kaye, Oon Shu An, Sezairi Sezali, Zaki Razak, Boo Junfeng, Tabitha Nauser and design collective, PHUNK, have all had their industry debuts during the LASALLE Show.
The exhibition is truly a place to see, and be seen! Having done some prior scouting (read: stalking) on our own, the A List gives you the low-down on two bright graduating Lasallians, their respective graduating works and their thoughts about the growth of the arts in Singapore.
KULBIR SINGH – An aspiring filmmaker
His graduating short film, After Adeena, is a story about the unlikely relationship between two lonely individuals – a neglected Chinese schoolgirl and a hardened middle-aged Malay man dealing with the loss of his only daughter, Adeena. Set against Singapore’s hectic cityscape, the film tells the tale of these two drastically different individuals who find a sense of peace and connection through each other’s presence.
Inspiration from a chance encounter
The story in After Adeena is based on the director’s real-life encounter in a McDonald’s just outside a community centre. While passing by the fast-food joint, he spotted a middle-aged Malay man and a Chinese secondary schoolgirl chatting intensely inside and found the image fascinating. “It was a very Singaporean image… yet people don’t usually associate these two ‘kinds’ of people together. There was a look on their faces as well – one of emptiness. I thought about that scene for a time, and knew that there was a story in there waiting to be explored.”
A good film is an emotional investment
Kulbir is a filmmaker who enjoys telling stories about the human connection. His previous works have been both location and race-neutral but, with his final film thesis, Kulbir wanted to conquer the art of creating a “typically Singaporean” film in his own way. To him, a sign of successful film is when the crowd is emotionally invested in his characters. “At the end of the film, some people might feel sad that these characters may never see one another again while some people may be happy that these characters got to spend that time together. If I can achieve that emotional range in the audience’s response, then I think I have succeeded as a filmmaker.”
He thinks the local arts scene is getting bolder
Kulbir is glad to see local voices reaching beyond the shores of Singapore. He believes that the arts is a great platform that gives people like him a voice to tell meaningful stories. He hopes to be able to continue challenging himself as an artist. A director that is unafraid to push boundaries, he feels that artists should never rest in their comfort zones. “Be ballsy, follow your gut, and don’t be afraid to experiment to find your voice.”
LIANA YANG – A romantic multimedia artist
A Fine Arts practitioner, Liana loves to combine the art of photography and immersive installations. She is rarely motivated by direct beauty but rather by everyday social interactions. Her final piece, There was something to believe in, consists of eight digital prints on translucent fabric and two low-fi coloured digital videos projected onto lace. The piece explores the breakdown in romantic relationships and the uneasy tensions that surface when we long for one another. Her dreamy and deliberately ambiguous installation invites visitors to walk through the stages of love.
Drawing on real-life relationships
As an artist, Liana is directly inspired by her own romantic entanglements and wishes to create more works that focus on the beauty of relationships and how they are sustained. She is never sure of what’s in the pipeline but embraces that openness. She says the next piece of work she produces will depend on whom she meets next.
Creating conversations through art
Liana believes that great art creates a conversation, which is why she finds it heart-warming when her visitors share their personal romantic experiences with her. She believes that all art should be engaging and that the growing Singapore arts scene needs to create more conversations within the community. She wishes to see more education and exposure for the arts community to create pieces that can push the envelope and ignite conversations. “Art is not about just creating easily digestible pieces”, Liana says passionately. “We need to encourage accessibility for more conceptual and critically engaging works.”
Inviting the audience to embark on a personal journey
In the world of art, Liana hopes to be able to offer a global point of view, which is why she has chosen to focus on the universal topics of love and desire. She also enjoys presenting very personal pieces and leaving the audience to interpret the narrative in their own way. To her, life is about the experience, and she wishes her art to be an experience too.
From 17 – 30 May 2018, LASALLE College of the Arts will open their doors to the public for a two-week long graduation open house. See the works of the next generation of artists and catch free performances, film screenings and arts and fashion exhibitions by graduating diploma, degree and Masters students.
Catch the screenings of After Adeena as well as the other graduating films at Level 2, F208, where 10 graduating films will be played on a continuous loop from 12pm – 6pm daily.
Liana’s work will be on display outside the ICA Gallery of LASALLE, alongside 9 other graduating pieces.
There will also be a special performance by the dance graduands on opening night between 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm on the LASALLE frass area as well as in the interior and exterior spaces. Titled In spite of standing and choreographed by Clementine Telesfort, the dance explores and challenges embodied memory through improvisation in the moment of performance.