Southeast Asian Arts Forum 2022:  Art At The Heart of Sustainable Practices 

4 & 5 August 2022 (Thursday & Friday)
Admission is free, register to attend here: https://seaartforum.nafa.edu.sg/
*registration closes on 3 Aug 2022
• The Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries 1 & 2, NAFA Campus 1 (80 Bencoolen St, Singapore 189655)
• SEA Arts Forum 2022 Microsite
Enquiries: seaartforum@nafa.edu.sg / 6512 4000

The Nanyang Academy of Fine  Arts (NAFA) presents Southeast Asian Arts Forum 2022: IMPERISHABLE:  sustainability.arts.together, a two-day hybrid Forum hosting livestreamed  presentations, performances, and dialogues aiming to inspire and highlight  ways where the arts are at the heart of sustainable practices in Southeast  Asia.  

Organised by the Institute of Southeast Asian Arts (ISEAA) at NAFA, this third  edition of the Forum will see 12 regional artists, designers, artisans, and  scholars from a gamut of creative and academic disciplines, speak on the  artistic practices that contribute to building awareness on social and  environmental issues, cultural heritage preservation, resource management, and accessibility in creative production. With a diverse representation from countries such as Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, this edition is centered on methods which are deliberate in  maintaining ecological and social integrity. 

The Forum aims to forge and nurture connections through facilitiating critical  discourse on practice, politics, and education of creative arts. Speakers lined up include prominent Vietnamese multi-disciplinary artist UuDam Tran  Nguyen, whose provocative practice placed him as a luminary in Vietnamese  contemporary art. UuDam will be presenting Why Eco-Đi, discussing how  visual art can be used as a powerful intervention tool for environmental causes through Lao Tzu’s philosophy. He hopes that through Eco-Đi, the arts  can influence its audiences to change their habits for a better environment. 

Kuala Lumpur-based embroidery artist, Jesse Joy, will be sharing Finding  Bundusan, a film that documents the vital role the Bundusan plant species plays as vessels that preserve, store and celebrate the cultural heritage and  indigenous knowledge through family and the community. In line with the  theme of cultural heritage preservation, Joy’s documentary delves into a  declining trade of traditional mat weaving, where strips of Bundusan are intrically woven into works of art, a craft unique to the Kadazan and Dusuns of  Sabah. The film also provides a lens to how societal and environmental factors have contributed to its recession. Joy hopes that through interactions and engagements at the Forum, he will “have a deeper understanding of the  practices across the region”, while “finding solidarity through similarities.” 

NAFA Fashion Lecturer Georgette Yu and Senior Dance Lecturer Dr Filomar  Cortezano Tariao will be delivering a presentation on Khatabi, a dance theatre  piece that narrates a story from the Itneg Tribe’s folktales about the origins of weaving. The costumes incorporate handwoven textiles and traditional  embroidery, an extension of the stories of the Itneg Ilaud community combined with a contemporary choreography adapted from the folk dances of  the tribe. Together with their presentation Cultural Heritage Preservation:  Continuity and Practice, they hope to encourage artists and designers to  move towards incorportating sustainable development values by tapping into  creative inspiration and material resources around Southeast Asia. 

Exhibition: Ari Bayuaji – Weaving the Ocean  

Surrounding the Forum is fringe exhibition Weaving the Ocean by Ari Bayuaji.  First presented at the Forum in 2021 as a community art project, Weaving the  Ocean showcases how the artist utilises plastic ropes washed up ashore to  weave traditional textiles, while also involving the local artisans and giving  them an income during the pandemic. Bayuaji will also be leading a workshop  with NAFA students on 3 Aug 2022 (Wed). His exhibition is open till 28 Aug 

2022 (Sun).  Join us at the Southeast Asian Arts Forum 2022. We welcome you to participate in this assembly for talents and educators – join us online, or via  small live audience groups at NAFA. Participants are to register their interest at https://seaartforum.nafa.edu.sg/.

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