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.
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.
Wong Yunjie (Jacky) is a theatre artist, researcher and writer curious about the gaps to collective human flourishing in present-day capitalism. He is thus keenly interested in works or practices that intervene on those gaps. He is drawn to works, spaces and processes that help us interact with each other with openness and authenticity, and maintains a deep interest in Asian traditional art practices as embodied philosophy/values we are in danger of losing.
These interests led him to practice community-based theatre with Makhampom in rural Chiangmai (2012-2014), and currently to Playback Theatre and Taichi.
Yunjie also studied Noh, Wayang Wong, Beijing Opera, Taichi and Kuttiyattam alongside Western theatre traditions at the Intercultural Theatre Institute (2015-2017), and wrote a thesis on Thailand’s democracy movement and cinema in the 1970s as a political science student in NUS (2003-2007).
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 and socially-engaged art.
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).
Natalie Christian Tan is a visual artist and writer who was trained at Yale-NUS College. She is interested in using visual art as a medium to communicate and evoke ideas which would otherwise have been lost in static texts. Natalie devotes her time to researching and addressing issues affecting racial, religious and gendered identity in Singapore.
Ethan is an arts administrator with a background in media and sociology. His other writings include literary reviews published in Ethos Books (LivePRESS Pilot) and poetry in The Library of Rejected Beauty. He is interested in film, critical theory, philosophy, poetry, and examining art’s potential as a medium for social panacea.
Creating experiential programs is a unique characteristic of how Gracie Teo communicates messages, with favored themes centering on culture, creativity, and community. Working as coordinator, programmer, and producer, her projects have included a music festival, a youth design festival, and a conference for youth social workers. Gracie produced the Yesterday Mobile Karaoke for the Singapore Arts Festival in 2011 and introduced live mystery games from Japan when the first Real Escape Game was staged in Singapore in 2012. She was also involved in production work for the award-winning film Untouchable: Children of God(Humanitarian Film Award, New Port Film Festival 2014). In 2015, Gracie was the Project Manager for the Singapore Snaps project, which was launched at the Past Forward exhibition. During the Greenhouse Labs, which aims to bring art practitioners, social workers, and researchers in the area of community development, her team won the inaugural pitch. In her free time, Gracie loves traveling, meeting people who are passionate about life, hiking and dancing.
Kei Franklin believes strongly in the power of creativity, community, and engagement with diversity to challenge cultural narratives and enact positive social change. A graduate of Yale-NUS College, she now works at Skillseed, where she crafts and curates socially-impactful experiential learning journeys and conducts trainings in social-emotional skills, intercultural competencies, and social innovation frameworks. In her free time, Kei creates immersive experiences that explore the intersections of performance, dialogue, movement, and sound.
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.
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.
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.
Jade Chen is a researcher and writer with a background in Sociology. Her current work involves investigating educational and geographical issues using qualitative methodologies. Outside of academia, her forays into writing include her short story ‘Meteors’ published by Blackpear Press (2014) and a magazine article in BrackMag (2016). Other abiding interests of hers revolve around topics on culture, music, food, sustainability and the environment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.