2 August 2024

Nanyang academy of fine arts

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How we express the pain of loss can be
              a powerful driving force when we collectively begin to heal

Following years of post-pandemic uncertainties and in the midst of global efforts in constructing the new normal in our everyday lives, we are faced yet again with the overwhelming surges of conflict, violence, and destruction. As the new facade which has defined the last few years of our lives, geopolitical conflicts have left a permanent impact upon humanity in general. The fact of the matter is that war scars a place and its people long after it is over.

Amidst these turbulent times, our minds are often occupied with questions of whether the worst might be over, or has it just begun.


Now in its fifth edition, our hybrid Forum includes livestreamed presentations, performances, and dialogue to inspire an exploration of Southeast Asian arts and its discourses; facilitating an exchange of knowledge from the community to the classroom and vice versa.

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Mavericks in their own field and unconventional thinkers, from a diverse background of creative and academic disciplines. These Southeast Asian artists, educators and creative practitioners bring to the Forum what is current, what is urgent and what could be a future alternative following the current state of transitions.


Bridget Tracy Tan

Dark Was The Night

Taiki Sakpisit

A Note Beyond Nostalgia

Lê Giang

Artistic Responses For Humanity: Exploring Artful Engagements With The Gaza-Israel Conflict?

Post Museum


Hoang Duong Cam

Making Material Personal: Sign Of Strength In Precarious Times

Choy Chun Wei

Sticky Rice Basket

Khao Niew Theatre

Warm Bodies: Exhibition-making As Protest Against Precarity

Lisa Ito-Tapang

"Day By Day" Project

Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai

VR Spirituality: Creating A Borderless Safe Space For Communal Healing

Benedict Yu

Are We In A Failed State? An Alternative Art Education System In Chaotic Myanmar

Aung Myat Htay

About Us

The Institute of Southeast Asian Arts was established in April 2010 with the aim of developing the capabilities of NAFA in the niche area of art being practiced in the region and to run a research and resource development agency within NAFA. ISEAA focuses on practice-led research; it is activity-based to benefit students and faculty primarily through workshops. The Institute also forms a network of different partners in Singapore and the Southeast Asian region to represent the spectrum of visual, performing and management arts and to formulate broad-based collaborative projects with individuals and groups of artists.

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