Image: (1st row, 4th from left) NTU Board Chair Ms Goh Swee Chen; Founding Director, NTU CCA, School of Art, Design and Media, Prof Ute Meta Bauer; SEA AiR artist Ngoc Nau (Vietnam); SEA AiR artist Saroot Supasuthivech (Thailand); SEA AiR artist Priyageetha Dia (Singapore); and EU Ambassador to Singapore Iwona Piórko with guests and participants at the launch of the second cycle of SEA AiR exhibition.
Emerging ASEAN artists will display their new works, dabbling in video, sound and virtual reality installations, at an exhibition that caps the second cycle of a joint art programme between NTU Singapore and the European Union (EU) Delegation to Singapore.
This is the second exhibition under SEA AiR – Studio Residencies for Southeast Asian Artists in the European Union, a programme developed by NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore) and funded by the European Union that positions Singapore as a hub for artistic exchange between the EU and Southeast Asia.
Titled Passages, the exhibition features Southeast Asian artists Ms Priyageetha Dia (Singapore), Ms Ngoc Nau (Vietnam) and Mr Saroot Supasuthivech (Thailand). Passages speaks of the three artists’ journeys across geographical and cultural boundaries from one continent to another; the cultural exchanges that take place during this time; and the continuous development of ideas as they return to their home countries to create new works for the exhibition in Singapore.
The artworks in Passages are inspired by the artists’ three-month-long residencies in Europe earlier this year. As part of the SEA AiR programme, Dia undertook her residency at Jan van Eyck Academie (Netherlands), Nau at Rupert (Lithuania) and Supasuthivech at Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Germany). During their time in Europe, they were also funded for field trips supporting further inquiry into their respective areas of research.
The exhibition, held at NTU CCA Singapore Residencies Studios in Gillman Barracks, is part of Singapore Art Week 2024.