"Neon Lights was an all round immersive and engaging creative journey" - The Business Times
Watch out for esteemed performance artists Daniela Beltrani, Ezzam Rahman & Sophia Natasha Wei as they illuminate the festival grounds with their thoughtful and engaging works.
Daniela Beltrani is a performance artist based in Singapore. She holds a Master of Arts in Contemporary Asian Art Histories from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. She is also a 500-hour qualified yoga instructor. She has presented over 60 performances, solo and in collaboration, in the Philippines, Singapore, Italy, Myanmar, Cambodia, Turkey, Indonesia, Finland, China, Malaysia and India.
Her latest performance series, ‘From Human Doing to Human Being’, hinges on creating opportunities where artist and audience could meet in a metaphysical space beyond the predictable and artificial barriers of language, culture, religion; a common space we carry within ourselves and which, when accessed at the same time, is potentially capable of connecting us with our own true self and others.
Ezzam Rahman is a multi-disciplinary installation and performance artist. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Fine Arts from the University of Huddersfield in 2010 and was formally trained as a sculptor from LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts. He is currently pursuing his Master of Arts, Fine Arts at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Ezzam is known for his interest in the body and his use of common, easily accessible and unconventional materials to produce works. Through his work, Ezzam features narratives that not only convey his ideas but also inform and tease his audience. Most of his works are time-based ephemeras which aim to pique the viewer’s thoughts on the topic of impermanence. One such work is ‘Here’s who I am, I am what you see’ (2015), a work commissioned by the Singapore Art Museum, showcasing miniature flower sculptures made from the skin of his feet. Allow me to introduce myself (2016) is another prominent piece in which Ezzam explored representations of self and the ephemeral moment of presence. He was awarded as joint winner the Grand Prize for the President’s Young Talents 2015 and the People’s Choice Award by the Singapore Art Museum. Recently he was awarded the prestigious Goh Chok Tong Youth Promise Award 2016 by Yayasan Mendaki.
Contemporary artist Sophia Natasha Wei pursues performance art as her main artistic expression. Her performances address the human condition, which she hopes her audience could re-create personal meanings and discover new experiences from. The corporeal endurance of the female body to achieve empathy is expressed through her visual language, where she works regularly with confines of space, distorted beauty and vignettes of dreamlike fantasy. In recent years, her works have evolved to present the liminal zone between painterly images and live action. She is an active contributor to the Singapore arts landscape with her artistic practice and work in education.
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