The People Behind
Melanie Chua is an editor and the first certified Building Biologist in Asia. Her interest is in how we perceive and inhabit the invisible world around us with a focus on the relationships between space, health and wellness. Her writing and art works, recently Urban Body (2012) and Next In Line (2014), utilise the personal narrative to reveal social products of culture.
Alecia is visual artist based in Singapore, and trained in fine art photography at the School of Art, Design and Media in Nanyang Technological University. A large part of her artistic practice is about exploring the relationship between people, their contexts and their living spaces; reflecting on how our identity is embedded in our possessions and homes. Read more.
Ken is a professional photographer based in Singapore. He travels extensively photo-journalling about local cultures and natural environments. He has visited most of Asia, including Siberia and India. In Indonesia, he produced a photo-documentation of local homes in the fishing village of Jemara. He works with social enterprises and volunteers often in community services.
Angela Henderson was born and raised in the interior of British Columbia, Canada. She is currently an MFA candidate at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Angela’s work examines the revisionist role of the monument as a historical marker and investigates the possibility of a monument to achieve more than a fixed, ideologically biased interpretation of history. Read more.
Hektor is a practicing artist who graduated from the City and Guilds of London Art School (B.A.) and Chelsea College of Art and Design (Master). His participation in residency programs include Cittadellarte Pistoletto Foundation, the Swiss Institute in Rome, IS Wyspa in Gdansk, Astérides in Marseille and Cité des Arts in Paris. Read more.
Nasri Shah is a writer and graduate student in history of art at University College London, where he was a recipient of the J.L. Wine Trust Prize. His research has recently been included in events such as Rematerialising Feminism (2014, Arcadia Missa), An Aesthetic Project (2013, House Gallery) and Urban Body (2012, SCYA).
Melinda Lauw is a Singaporean artist based in New York. She works extensively with textiles, specialising in hand tufting, a technique of carpet making. She is the recipient of The Christine Risley Award 2015 from the Goldsmiths Textile Collection & Constance Howard Gallery. Her research interests include human perception, material culture and guerrilla-style art.
R. Streitmatter-Tran is an artist based in Ho Chi Minh City. He received his degree in the Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. He is a founding member of the Ho Chi Minh City-based arts collective, Mogas Station, and established the now defunct art and performance group ProjectOne in Saigon. In 2010, he founded DIA/PROJECTS, an experimental space for contemporary arts and research in HCMC. Read more.
Seelan Palay is a visual artist from Singapore whose practice focuses on the concerns and complexities of the communities he identifies with and relates to. Taking form in painting, drawing, collage, installation, and video, his work reflects broader questions and conditions found in our contemporary globalised society. Seelan is also part of EngageMedia, an NGO working to develop the video and technology capacities of activists in the Asia-Pacific region.
Hung Lam is a graphic designer who co-founded CoDesign Ltd. with Eddy Yu in 2003. His works have been part of the permanent collections of V&A Museum in England, Osaka Suntory Museum in Japan, Plakatsammlug Museum fur Gestaltung Zurich in Switzerland, Museum fur kunst und Gewerbe and Hong Kong Heritage Museum. Hung and Eddy engage in CoLab, establishing a new collaborative platform for social innovation through design. Read more.
Nazry Bahrawi is a literary and cultural critic who flourishes in intersections. His research explores the interstices between cultures, philosophies, aesthetics and disciplines. Nazry holds a joint appointment at the Singapore University of Technology and Design and the Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore. He is also an associate editor of Critical Muslim, a UK-based quarterly of ideas and issues that explores the great debate of our times from the Muslim perspective. His op-ed commentaries have appeared in The Guardian, South China Morning Post and Today.
Samantha Tio (Mintio) is a visual artist born in Singapore. Trained as a photographer at the School of Art, Design and Media in Nanyang Technological University, Mintio has been actively creating works and participating in exhibitions both locally and abroad. “Table for One” (2010) was Mintio’s first public venture into a participatory project, in which she dined with people she found eating alone over a span of one year. Mintio is currently based in Indonesia to work with Kabul to establish a project space named “Ketemu”, to facilitate relational and socially conscious artworks. Read more.
Izzaty is an applied theatre practitioner and a full-time Community Worker at Beyond Social Services, where she leads youth groups from rental and purchased flat communities in interactive theatre performance called “The Community Theatre”. She views art to be valued by each person differently, enabling self-empowerment whether a participant, beneficiary or community member.
Kei is a final-year student at Yale-NUS College, Environmental Studies and Anthropology, researching the roles of artists and ‘artivists’ in environmental movements in Singapore. Kei creates immersive experiences that explore the intersection of theatre, dialogue, movement, poetry, and music.
Natasha Lau is a student in Arts Management at Lasalle. She graduated with a Business Studies Diploma from Ngee Ann Polytechnic and combines her interests in both Business and Arts.
A Balinese nomad, Dewa Ayu Eka Savitri Sastrawan is an artist and a Bahasa Indonesia-English translator. Her artworks have been exhibited in Indonesia, The Netherlands and UK including with GondoRukem Batik Art Community Bali, the latter with whom she continues to give workshops with in the UK. She She is completing her Masters in Global Arts at Goldsmiths, University of London and is part of Lila Bhawa Indonesian Dance UK.
Kirin is a Dutch-born research master’s student of Media, Art and Performance Studies at Utrecht University. Her research looks at marginalised identities in society. Currently, outside of academics, she is working on a personal project of reworking Chinese myths, with the aim of writing a novel.