Project LAVA in the Libraries Returns with Multi-lingual Focus


Series of commissioned artworks inspired by Singapore’s multi-lingual literature to be displayed in select libraries



Singapore, 2 May 2014 – The National Arts Council (NAC), in partnership with the National Library Board (NLB), is proud to present the second edition of Project LAVA in the Libraries, with a spotlight on Singapore’s multi-lingual literature. Four visual installations by Singapore artists Ryf Zaini, Kasinathan Baskar, Malcolm Koh and Koh Hong Teng will be displayed at four libraries across the island. The series of works are inspired by multi-lingual texts by Singapore writers including past Cultural Medallion recipients Arthur Yap, Liang Wern Fook, M. Balakrishnan and Wong Yoon Wah, reflecting on socio-cultural themes relevant to the Singapore community. (Please refer to Annex A for more information about the artists and works.)


 2          Says Mr Khor Kok Wah, Senior Director of Sector Development, “Project LAVA is a unique initiative that brings together two very different artistic expressions, allowing one art form to draw inspiration from the other. For this second edition at the libraries, we wanted to extend this conversation to the context of Singapore’s multi-lingual literature. We hope that by bringing these works into the community, Singaporeans can become more familiar with our Singapore stories, writers and artists.”


 3          The art installations will be on display at Jurong Regional Library, Bedok Public Library, Ang Mo Kio Library and library@chinatown, from 2 May to 30 August 2014. The works will be rotated to all four libraries throughout the display season. (Please refer to Annex B for the exhibition schedule). To engage with audiences, the artists will also be conducting public workshops and talks during the exhibition period.