Festivals In The Desert To Charity Art Exhibitions: What Gen.T Honourees Got Up To Last Week

By Chong Jinn Xiung

Here's a look at what's been happening with some of our honourees in the Gen.T community over the last week

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Cover  The Burning Man festival at Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA (Photo: Getty Images)

Desert fun

Max Song shared photos of his recent trip to the Burning Man festival in Black Rock Desert, Nevada on Instagram. The famous week-long art festival began in 1986 and is focused on art, self-expression and self-reliance. The event's name comes from the symbolic burning of a giant wooden effigy.

Despite the extreme weather conditions—scorching temperatures and dust storms—at this year's festival, the founder and chief executive officer of climate tech company Carbonbase thoroughly enjoyed himself. In his post, he described the festival as "deeply memorable for its friendships, special moments, sunrises, sunsets and surprises".

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Above  Max Song at Burning Man 2022 (Photo: Instagram @maxsong123)

Finding ways to build sustainably

Tan Szue Hann, who is Marina Bay Sands' director of sustainable development, recently travelled to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to attend a forum. The ArcAsia Forum 21 occurs once every two years and serves as a platform for the ongoing discussion of contemporary architectural ideas pertinent to the region.

This year's edition focused on "The Future of Sustainable Urban Development", and Tan was present to give a talk about sustainable developments in Singapore.

In a post on Instagram, the chairman of sustainability at the Singapore Institute of Architects also mentioned that he did an interview with a Mongolian TV channel on easing traffic congestion with sustainable transport infrastructure.

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Above  Tan Szue Hann speaking during the 21st ARCASIA Forum in Mongolia (Photo: Instagram @szuehann)

Empowering women

Award-winning contemporary artist Cao Yu showcased her latest work Dragon Head/龙头 as part of a massive art exhibition at the Kunstmusuem Wolfsburg in Germany. 

The exhibition, titled Empowerment, features about 100 female artists from 50 countries whose works explore feminism through art, as well as other topics including sexism, racism and social inequality.

In her post on Instagram, the Chinese artist shares that "empowerment is for me to forget the gender distinction, create recklessly, use our imagination and creativity boldly, and live as a unique soul."

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Doing good with art

Award-winning artist Wan Jamila, known professionally as Artjamila, showcased three of her paintings at the recently concluded Art With Heart 2022 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur.

The exhibition, titled Rising Together, featured 53 artists and 136 works of art, in physical and digital formats, which interpreted a post-Covid-19 world.

Artjamila sold all three of her artworks for an undisclosed amount and contributed 20 percent of the proceeds to the RHB Foundation, the non-profit arm of exhibition organiser RHB Banking Group.

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