Designer Mentee: Sharon de Lyster (Tsang)
Mentor: Brendan Cormier
The design curator will re-stage objects or materials from the archive of Haw Par Mansion. Complementing the existing setting curated by Haw Par Music Foundation, the designer could narrate the old stories, as well as telling new ones through the re-staging of artefacts and other documents, and objects. The goal is to bring cultural conservation to attention, and emphasize the dynamism and publicness of heritage.
Designer Statement • Florian Sharon de Lyster (Tsang)
The Tiger Balm heritage is a legacy of Asian entrepreneurship – a story of constant innovation through the past century – with Haw Par Mansion serving as a landmark that witnessed this narrative. Today, we revisit this cultural heritage to explore elements in the city that shaped our experiences and identities. Tracing the history of the brand, the Aw bothers and the site, I discovered layers of connected narratives including visual cultures, collective memories, the experience of Chinese diaspora and entrepreneurs, and the broader Asian social values. The interweaving of these personal and public narratives will be the focus of my design approach.