Southeast Asia's Top Auteurs Partner on Short Film Project Celebrating Visual Art

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

"Art Through Our Eyes" has recruited Palme d'Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul and four other filmmakers to make original short films inspired by classic works of art.

The National Gallery of Singapore has recruited some of Southeast Asia's top auteurs to create an omnibus of short films celebrating the region's artistic heritage.

Each of the five participating directors – including Palme d'Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand), Brillante Mendoza (Philippines), Eric Khoo (Singapore), Ho Yuhang (Malaysia) and Joko Anwar (Indonesia) – were asked to select a 19th or 20th century artistic masterpiece from the Gallery's Southeast Asian collection to serve as inspiration for an original short film. The shorts will then be collected into an omnibus and presented jointly by the gallery at a later date. 

Titled Art Through Our Eyes, the project was unveiled at the Cannes Film Festival Monday. The Gallery says it hopes that the collaboration will create a different way for audiences to enjoy art.

"[It will] give audiences unique and dramatized interpretations of the exhibits, and deepen their appreciation of modern art from this region," the gallery said in a statement. 

Situated in the heart of the city-state's Civic District, National Gallery Singapore is a new visual arts institution which oversees the largest public collection of modern art of Singapore and Southeast Asia. The gallery is dedicated to collaborative research, education and exhibitions, highlighting the importance of modern art in Southeast Asia in a global context.