Singapore Contemporary Young Artists

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“Azalea beckons…”

You are cordially invited to
Exhibition “Azalea beckons…”
Date: 08 – 17 April 2011
Time: Tuesday to Saturday 12pm to 7pm, Sunday 12 to 5pm
(Closed on Monday and Public Holiday)
Venue: Dahlia Gallery, Singapore
(above Bee Cheng Hiang on Pagoda St, just outside Chinatown NE
Line MRT Station Exit A, map as attached)
Reception : April 08, 2011 (Friday) at 07:30PM

The flower, Azalea, is used as a strong symbol of womanhood in Asia especially in the
past. It carries the meaning of fragile passion. The famous Korean poem “Azaleas”
written by poet Kim So-wol, used the azalea flower to represent the deep passion and
yet the frailty of the traditional female species in love. It portrays the strength, bond and
emotion of a woman in love.

For the modern women, how much do they resemble their predecessors and how
much have they changed? If frailty is defined by a woman’s innate vulnerability, then it
may not be far-fetched to say that a woman’s emotive instinct, that which is both
passionate and strong, yet vulnerable with desire, transcends generations. This affect
remains constant through the generations even if their behavior, outlook, appearance
and objects of their lust may have shifted.

rainbowartsproject (RAP) is a project which focuses on LGBT-related issues and
themes through the arts. The azalea flower aptly portrays the female story of this group
especially in Asia. We ask, with the rapid modernization and urbanization happening in
Asia within the last decade, where are the women in Asia standing at this juncture with
their feministic instinct?

This exhibition brings together six young artists, regardless of their sexuality, to explore
the azalea metaphor in visual representation. Those who, somehow, able to grasp and
convey that elusive feministic element through their theme or approach. They are:

Peenut Lee Pee Kew
Desiree Lau
Malisa Suchanya
Grace Foo
Marla Bendini
Rachel Chan (from SCYA)
Nurrul Shaik

How much has urbanization and modernization affect feminism today and/or how much
of the contemporary presentation of the feministic passion reflects the era of this age?
The RAP project hopes to bring a layer of understanding of the female LGBT
community through this exhibition, where the issue of women’s strength is highlighted
in an approach that is different from the usual femme fatale-inspired exhibitions.

About scyablog

Singapore Contemporary Young Artists Project (SCYA) is a non-profit Art Society that highlights Contemporary Art by Young Artists in Singapore through several platforms in exhibitions, websites, talks, workshops & commissioned services. SCYA was initiated by Jacquelyn Soo who is an artist, curator and director for SCYA. SCYA has over 10 members in the society contributing ideas, activities to support the organisation. SCYA represents up to 70 Singaporean/PR Artists in their works. SCYA launched their first project in Nov 2008 with a website collaboration with FIVEFOOTWAY that featured 23 Contemporary Young Artists Portfolios on an interactive website. Since then, SCYA have had several collaborations and events organised with corporations, government institutions, NGOS and education institutions, Please visit our website for more details: Like us on Facebook! Thank you!

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