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Thinking and Talking about Arts and Culture in Southeast Asia

The working processes of artists: Sabrina Poon

Singaporean filmmaker Sabrina Poon, better known as Spoon, talks about her work and the value of storytelling by breaking down three of her short films – Sylvia, Hello Uncle and Pa. This video is conceptualised and directed by LASALLE students Amanda Tan and Nay Lynn Thant, who describe Poon’s work as revealing “shared collective experiences that help us understand what it means to live in Singapore”. The video can also be viewed on YouTube.

Between February to April 2020, BA in Arts Management students from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, embarked on an artist documentation project as part of their module History & Contextual Studies: materials, methods, history. The first-year students were tasked with interviewing an artist to better understand an aspect of their practice – their processes and influences, issues they were interested in exploring through their artmaking – and to produce the result of the interview in the form of a video.

The students were given brief parameters for the project but creative freedom in how they executed the brief and shot and edited their videos. They were also allowed to select any artist to interview. Some immediately gravitated to an artist they admired, some selected from within their own artistic communities, while others chose artists they were unfamiliar with or simply curious about. Six of the best videos will be shown in partnership with ArtsEquator.


This interview with Sabrina Poon is part of a video project by BA Arts Management students of LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. For past videos in this series, click here.

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