Last night, Singapore’s most fashionable converged at Scotts Square to witness the crowning of Singapore’s best emerging artists at the BAZAAR Singapore Art Prize 2016 party. After months of deliberation, the 12 finalists were finally whittled down to one overall winner: Yom Bo Sung. The 21-year-old took home the title of the overall winner of the BAZAAR Singapore Art Prize 2016, along with a $10,000 cash prize.
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“It feels great. It was completely unexpected so very surprised and still trying to like process all of it,” said Yom, just minutes after handed the award.
When asked about why he felt his work resonated with the judges, the artist explained, “With my works, I always try to reach out to the locals and the community, so my works have always been community focused. I think with the sound of the karang guni, it triggered certain memories that were familiar and interesting to see in a new light.”
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“I love his interpretation of Singapore’s heritage and how the he piled the clothes and interpreted it through a whole 360 experience where you have sight, sound and the environment to really help and guide you through Singapore’s history and the modern context,” Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore‘s Editor-in-Chief Kenneth Goh added. “It’s really what art is all about today.”
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Other big winners of the night included Ieo Gek Ching, for the 2D on paper category, Shin-Young Park, for the 2D on canvas category, and Desiree Liew, for the photography category.
The BAZAAR Singapore Art Prize 2016 exhibition is on display at Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road, until 12 March 2017.