PhotoDialogues



Get inspired on how to approach the themes of SYPA 2020.

Due to the circuit breaker, all of SYPA PhotoDialogue sessions will be streamed on DECK’s facebook.

PhotoDialogue is a gathering for participants to openly and creatively exchange their individual opinions on the themes of ZERO. This is an exercise that aims to bring greater acceptance to diversity in the versatile medium of photography, as we enter an increasingly complex world.

The sessions will be attended by SYPA 2018 winners and SYPA 2020 guest judges, who will share the conceptual and technical aspects of their photography in creating a solid body of work. They will also expand on the themes of SYPA 2020 and take participants through the creative process of mapping out and polishing their unique ideas, and thinking up creative ways to execute them.

PhotoDialogue Session 1

Priority to youths aged 13 – 25

 
Adar Ng Ai Qing
Merit Winner in Youth Category (SUSTAINABLE CITIES AWARD)

Adar Ng is a media artist who works primarily with the medium of photography and video. Her works are based on philosophical queries on reality and its impermanence in the world. She uses the camera as a witness of the absence and presence in other inanimate entities and employs the usage of metaphors in a poetic endeavour to portray temporality and loss.

She is a graduate from the school of Art, Design & Media, Nanyang Technological University and has since participated in the exhibitions Undescribed #04, Adaptations by Supernormal.sg and CDL Singapore Youth Photographer Award. She was also selected to be in the digital publication of Belgrade Photo Month New Talents 2019.

 
 
Dave Lim Wei Jing
Merit Winner in Youth Category (SUSTAINABLE CITIES AWARD)

Dave Lim is a visual artist and filmmaker and has exhibited internationally. He graduated from Yale-NUS with BA (Hons) in Urban Studies. His work has won multiple awards such as the NTU Global Digital Art Prize and the Objectifs Documentary Award. Coming from a photojournalistic and research background, most of the work reflects greater conceptual concerns ranging from religion to society at large.

 
 
Woong Soak Teng
Overall Winner in Youth Category (SUSTAINABLE CITIES AWARD)
SYPA 2020 Judge

In awe of natural phenomena and nature at large, Woong Soak Teng ponders on our human tendency to control and go against them. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Digital Imaging at the Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media. Her accolades include the Steidl Book Award Asia, Kwek Leng Joo Prize of Excellence in Photography 2018 and Singapore Young Photographer Award 2018.

 
Title: An insight into artist process: conceptualisation to an end
 

Three artists, Adar Ng, Dave Lim and Woong Soak Teng, will share on three questions related to the process of art making. This conversation explores the similar yet dissimilar ways of ideating, processing and creating among the trio. Between the intersections and departures of the three practices, the talk offers a glimpse into an organic moulding of the creative process.

 
What to Bring

Notebook and pen

When

13th June 2020

2.00 pm – 4:00pm

Where

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PhotoDialogue Session 2

Priority to youths aged 13 – 25

Brian Teo
Overall Winner in Youth Category (SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES AWARD)

Brian is a freelance photographer whose works have been exhibited locally and featured in major publications like Lianhe ZaoBao. He clinched the Singapore Young Photographer’s Award in 2018 and was one of the finalists of Lensculture’s Black & White Photography Awards in 2019.

As an enthusiast, Brian has a keen interest in people and street photography. This was infused with photojournalism, when he joined the Lianhe ZaoBao Student Correspondent’s Club in 2014. While Brian continues to explore the world of photography, his principle of seeking for perfection continues to guide him.

Title: Insights into visual storytelling.

Brian Teo will be sharing about his thought process of planning for a photo series, its execution through a showcase of some of his works, the importance of content in images, and end off with some book recommendations for inspiration.

What to Bring

Notebook and pen

When

27th June 2020

2.00 pm – 4:00pm

Where

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PhotoDialogue Session 3

Priority to youths aged 13 – 25

Ore Huiying
SYPA 2020 Judge

Ore Huiying is a photographer from Singapore. Her practice revolves around storytelling, which she
believes is basic to human beings. She grew up in rural Singapore, but was uprooted to an urban
environment as her country developed. As a result, she is drawn to narratives of people and places
affected by development.

In 2010 Ore moved to London to study an MA in Documentary Photography at LCC. After 4 years of
studying and living in London, she returned to Singapore to focus her photographic practice on
Southeast Asia. She has since been working on personal projects, as well as taking on commissioned
work for international publications like Bloomberg, Le Monde newspaper, M magazine and Getty
Images.

Her photographic works have been exhibited in photo festivals, museums and galleries. In 2013, she
was nominated for ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu, a photography award in Singapore that honour
photographers’ original vision and dedication to their craft. In 2018, she won the top honours of the
Invisible Photographer Award for her documentary project and was selected for the World Press
Photo 6×6 Global Talent Program in the same year.

Title: Photography education beyond school
Ore Huiying is a self-taught photographer for years before obtaining her MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication. She will share her experiences of learning photography through informal approaches such as workshop, portfolio review and mentorship, as well as the journey of her photographic career.
 

What to Bring

Notebook and pen

When

25th July 2020

2.00 pm – 4:00pm

Where

DECK Facebook

 


 

PhotoDialogue Session 4

H

Hong Huazheng, who prefers to be called H, is an artist based in Singapore. H received his Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore in partnership with Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, U.K. H reflects a lot on the impact of technology on environments and people. He has a propensity for seeking beauty and the sublime in places untouched by civilisation and technology. In his dialogue with image presentation, H experiments with different display methods, designing the scale and platform of his work in response to the exhibition environment. H’s commercial photography commissions include campaigns such as Anti-Gambling, Anti-Drink Driving, and Singaporeans Against Poverty. H was awarded the Patron of the Arts Awards twice by the National Arts Council of Singapore for his contribution to the arts. His work has also been shown in group exhibitions at National Museum of Singapore, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, and Central Academy of Fine Arts at Beijing. In 2010, H received the top title at the Singapore Young Photographer Award exhibition shown at the National Museum of Singapore.

 
SMUSAIC
 
SMUSAIC is SMU’s very own community of aspiring photographers. The club aims to promote the art of photography through fostering an environment where learning is encouraged and where making mistakes are welcomed. Annually, the club organises exhibitions, competitions as well as photo walks. This year, SMUSAIC is involved in the inaugural SMU e-Arts Fest, where aspiring artists come together to showcase their art form. SMUSAIC’s showcase will be called ‘Phases’, which tells the stories of artists who chose different paths to pursue their art form, or to give back to the art community. Phases goes beyond the conventional, to show that despite the odds, art sits in the centre of our souls.
 
Title: Photography with a purpose. Don’t call it a hobby.
Fine art photographer Hong Huazheng (H) has been documenting climate change around the world, from the impending collapse of glaciers at Mont Blanc, to the diminishing ice floes at Sea of Okhotsk. His multi-year environmentalism project is revealing an extraordinarily grim message with urgency, compounded by Covid-19 pandemic. At the same time, his students from the SMU photography club (a.k.a. SMUSAIC) are responding to the pandemic by creating an online showcase under his curatorial mentorship. The club is represented by Daphne Kang and Lee Jin Yang. Together, they will discuss how photography plays an increasingly vital yet subversive role in our society, and the institutional or societal challenges they face along the process.
 

When

22nd August 2020

2.00 pm – 4:00pm

Where

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