The Dream of Ayutthaya: Drawing Inspiration from History
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) is proud to present The Dream of Ayutthaya, a capsule exhibition featuring how Ayutthaya and its legacy offers itself as a crucible for research and a source of inspiration for art making. The exhibition displays over 20 objects, resource materials and archival documents from past experiences, and runs from 15 September – 18 October at the Lim Hak Tai Gallery.
The Dream of Ayutthaya has been carefully planned to coincide with the programming of the 2nd instalment of the academy-wide project using the UNESCO World Heritage Site as a creative stimulus. This academy-wide project, jointly managed by the Institute of Southeast Asian Arts (ISEAA) and the academic schools at NAFA, saw the participation of over 160 students last year. Students from the programmes of Fine Art, 3D Design, Design & Media, Fashion Studies, Music Teaching, Dance and Theatre experienced the creative language of Ayutthaya through introductory lectures and a series of workshops before materialising their artistic interpretations into unique outcomes.
Dr Bridget Tracy Tan, Director of ISEAA and Art Galleries said, “In general, people tend to think of Southeast Asian history as old, traditional and difficult to see as relevant to our life today. This exhibition assimilates visual facts, interpretations, formal design and creative outcomes from NAFA’s experiences of using Southeast Asia as a source of inspiration for contemporary art practices. This is the fifth year of the academy-wide project featuring a historical legacy in Southeast Asia as a creative stimulus across multiple disciplines. Researching historical forms and narratives is part of a larger adventure about ourselves as we navigate the present day. In this creative journey, the students have gained not only new cultural experiences of specific places, but also new methods and ways in which they can continue to be inspired by their environment and the rich bastion of Southeast Asia at its heart.”
The Dream of Ayutthaya sets out to inspire audiences and fuel new dimensions in thinking and creation, giving new perspectives to the visionary landscape and culture through its stories of stories of resilience, transformation and restoration. It exemplifies how Ayutthaya as a kingdom displays continuous efforts to build and develop, placing itself in a state of transition and adaptation, evoke imagination, thinking and making.