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5 Things To Do This Week: Catch The NAFA Graduation Show, Stream A Film From Central Asia & More

An edit of things to do in Singapore this week.

1. Catch an intriguing short documentary

Your Local Newsstand is an independent Singapore-based publisher started by video editor Huda Azzis that continually highlights the works of new and emerging photographers around the world and they’ve just started a new documentary film series titled NEWS Presents. The first collaborator in this series is Australian photographer James Sarantos, who shot Our Babylon, a short three-minute documentary cataloguing the underbellies of various subway stations he encountered on his travels. In Sarantos’ hands, these utilitarian spaces seem to take on an otherworldly aura, which does have the effect of calling upon viewers to re-evaluate they perceive seemingly transient spaces.


2. Check out Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts’ graduation showcase

Graduation season continues with Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) being the latest institution to create a digital showcase for more than 700 graduating students across various disciplines. This current batch of graduands have completed their studies in an unquestionably difficult period and this is the first time the school has taken to digitising their annual showcase. In addition to presenting the graduands’ works, the website hosts a daily live online chat between students, faculty, alumni and industry experts, intended to be a platform for employers to speak to potential hires and preview their portfolios through an industry match-up service.

Ongoing till July 16; check out the full showcase here

3. Stream films from Central Asia

40 Days of Silence (2014), directed by Saodat Ismailova. Photo: Courtesy of Saodat Ismailova

Non-profit film organisation Asian Film Archive‘s latest (and first fully online) program, Whose House Is This? New Cinema of Central Asia, casts the spotlight on Central Asia – that’s the region that comprises Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan for the uninitiated. With the region’s long and complex history as a traditional crossroad (the Silk Road passes through this area), and a cinematic history dating back to the ’20s, the program looks to be an interesting one that offers insight into a long-overlooked part of the world. There are nine films in total, with each available for rent for 48 hours via Vimeo On Demand for US$3.50 (S$4.90) each.

June 19-July 16 at various times; check out the full line-up here

4. Check out a new art exhibition (in person)

Space Shuttle by Delphine Rama. Photo: Courtesy of Cuturi Gallery

If you’ve read our January Art issue, you’d be familiar with Belgian painter Delphine Rama, whose abstract paintings are often inspired by fashion. Rama will be debuting new work as part of a group exhibition,The Summer Show Group Exhibition, taking place at Cuturi Gallery which aims to “encourage new modes of contemplation”. It’s an admittedly eclectic line-up of both up-and-coming and established Singapore and international artists whose works span diverse genres.

#02-16 Pacific Plaza; from July 9-August 2

5. Spazz out to feel-good tunes

It’s been a very intense week what with all the election updates and developments so we don’t blame you if you’re feeling just a little overwhelmed. As for us, we’ll be tuning into retro party joint Nineteen80’s livestream of feel-good tunes from the ’80s to the ’00s in a bid to wind down – join us?

July 10, 10pm-12am; catch it here

Main Image Courtesy of Your Local Newsstand