What’s On In The Singapore Artspace

This year’s United Nations theme to celebrate The International Women’s Day is “Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture It!”. An envision towards a world where every female – woman and girl – can exercise her choices in  politics, education, earning an income and living in societies free from violence and discrimination. @IWDNews #femalesoundartist

The Business Design Summit 11-13 March 2015 In celebration of 50 years of Singapore, The Design Singapore Council in partnership with Design Business Chamber Singapore, brings in The Business Design Summit from 11-12 March during the Design Week at LaSalle College of the Arts and Marina Bay Sands.

Design in business: the way forwards is the single platform that brings together practitioners and thought leaders to identify and share the emerging trends for design, business and technology. It aims to examine policies for developing the creative industries in Asia. For those who want to grow and transform their business, this is a Summit not to be missed. You can download the programme brochure here.

11-12 March 2015 LASALLE College of the Arts, The Singapore Airlines Theatre 13 March 2015 Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, Level 3, Jasmine Ballroom

Format: Conference, Workshops, DesignS Gala Dinner & Awards Nite, Exhibition and Networking

Exhibition: 6 March – 26 April 2015

In honor of Singapore 50th anniversary of independence, Sana Gallery invited talented female Lebanese artist, Laudi Abilama, to exhibit 11 portraits of Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew from 6 March to 26 April 2015.

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Minister Mentor, 110 x 80 cm, Mother of Pearl and Pigment on Black paper, 2014(Image Courtesy of Sana Gallery)

In 2010, Abilama commenced a series of artworks that portrayed the most prominent leaders of the Middle East. Following an artist’s residence in Singapore in 2011, she was inspired to continue her leaders’ portraits by focusing on Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.

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.

During the process of making, she faces the challenge to overcome of attaining the copyright of the images she chose to use for the exhibition. This is an extraordinary exhibition which should not be missed – after the show the portraits would not be exhibited again due to copyrights of the images. Seize the day!

The challenges I faced when creating these Artworks we’re mostly related to solving the standard problems I face when dealing with any body of work. First and foremost obtaining good quality images that are over 50 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

Prime Minister LEE KUAN YEW spent his life carving a nation, Singapore, together with its incredible success story.  This achievement is striking by any global standard but especially so when seen with Arab eyes, contrasted and compared against the systemic failures of Arab leaders to build a successful, democratic, and stable society over the same period as PM LKY’s career. ” … Sana Gallery  # NUSMiddleEastInstitute

Sana Gallery, 63 Spottiswoode Park Road, Singapore 088651. Tel: +65 6221 2686

What I am listening to this week: Appreciating and learning the art of listening

Free Lab Radio – Happy Face – Jan 29 2011 By Fari B

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