The Working Processes of Artists: Chong Fah Cheong

Chong Fah Cheong is the artist behind First Generation, the iconic bronze sculpture of boys jumping into the Singapore River.

In this video, Chong Fah Cheong, reflects on his work creating sculptures based on Singapore’s history, his journey and the inspiration behind his iconic sculpture, First Generation and his Moongate series. He also elaborates on his “TAP” philosophy which fuels and influences his work. 

The video was conceptualised and directed by LASALLE students Han Jiwon & Jady Toh. When asked why they chose Chong Fah Cheong as an artist, they replied, “Chong Fah Cheong’s  public art forms have played an important role in forging a sense of togetherness and identity among Singaporeans. Through this  interview, we explored how this renowned sculptor played a part in enriching Singapore’s culture through site-specific public sculptures.”

The video can be found below and on Youtube.

Each year, 1st year students in LASALLE College of the Arts Singapore’s BA in Arts Management program embark on a research and documentation project as part of their History and Contextual Studies module. Between January and April 2022, teams of students interview an artists or arts group each, to better understand an aspect of their practice, and to produce the result of the interview in the form of a video. The students are given creative freedom in how they executed the brief and shoot and edit their videos. Five of the best videos are published on ArtsEquator.

This interview with Chong Fah Cheong is the first of a series of video projects in 2022 by BA Arts Management students of LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. For past videos in this series, click here.

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