Singapore’s 1st Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew at Age of 91
It is sad to see you go, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. I neglected to appreciate your contributions made to our lives, my education, upbringing and development. Good bye Mr. Lee and you will be missed. #myroots #common languages #on_identity
(Image courtesy of #Channel News Asia)
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Exhibition: 6 March – 26 April 2015
In honour of Singapore 50th anniversary of independence, Sana Gallery invited female Lebanese artist, Laudi Abilama, to exhibit 11 portraits of Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.
On 2 March 2015, I was invited to attend a private conversation along with a group of prestigious guests, to listen to the artist talked about her journey and the making of this exhibition a success, at The Arts House on 1 Old Parliament Lane. The talk was moderated by Charlotte Schriwer who is the Deputy Director of the Middle East Institute at National University of Singapore.
The achievement of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew is striking by any global standard but could be seen in the eyes of some other nations as contrasted and compared against the systemic failures of some leaders to build a successful, democratic, and stable society over the same period as the former first Prime Minister’s career.
In 2010, Abilama commenced a series of artworks that portrayed the most prominent leaders of the Middle East. Following an artists residence in Singapore in 2011, she was inspired to continue her leaders’ portraits by focusing on Singapore first Prime Minister Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.
In the Abilama’s Prime Minister LEE KUAN YEW series is an artistic commentary on how PM LKY worked closely within a multicultural society, embracing the colourful makeup of Singapore and its people’s potential to the fullest. Her portraits Mr. Lee Kuan Yew equally probe and celebrate the life of a man with conviction who crafted an incredibly successful vision for his country.
“First and foremost obtaining good quality images that are over fifty years old can be an obstacle in itself, but once I have found appropriate photographs to work from the next step is to deal with every image individually to portray the most cohesive composition that gives justice to the message I am trying to relay.” …. Laudi Abilama
Minister Mentor, 110 x 80 cm, Mother of Pearl and Pigment on Black paper, 2014 (Image Courtesy of #Sana Gallery)
Appreciating & Learning The Art of Listening with Fari B
What I am listening to now:
1. Mixmaster Morris @ Breakfast Club Feb 2015 By Mixmaster Morris 1hr 10min
What I should be listening to a year ago:
2. Mixmaster Morris @ Vinyl Departford Sep 2013 By Mixmaster Morris 1hr 39min