‘nanyang trilogy’ exhibition design
asian film archive presents: nanyang trilogy restored – screening the restored films of 南洋三部曲 (nanyang trilogy) for the first time, 61 years after its release. produced by the kong ngee company and shot in 1957 singapore and malaya, the three cantonese films are 血染相思谷 (blood stains the valley of love), 唐山阿嫂 (china wife) and 椰林月 (moon over malaya). led by the youthful idols of the time, 谢贤 (patrick tse yin), 嘉玲 (patsy kar ling) and 南红 (nam hung), the films introduced urban perspectives and appealed to the younger postwar audiences.
inspired by the core of AFA’s work of film restoration, the juxtaposition of images before and after restoration expresses the timely reflection on the lost gems of Singapore’s film history while a halftone effect applied across logotype paying homage to old technologies. when developing the exhibition design, we also made a conscious decision to create a light weight box structure that resembles that of pin hole cameras and the external panel of lightweight cloth similar to film slides.