Residency Writers

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MYSARA ALJARU

Singapore

(b.1993) is a Singaporean writer, researcher and lens-based  practitioner. 

Previously a journalist and documentary producer, she is currently pursuing her Masters with the Malay Studies department in NUS, where she is researching on mainstream media discourse on Malay development.

 

Her works, based on personal experiences and research, explore and reimagine dominant narratives through different mediums.

 

Working on the intersections of art and academia, she also explores the politics of space and power structures in the process of narrative making

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ZHIYI CAO

Singapore

(b.1995) is an artist based in Singapore and a recent graduate from the Ruskin School of Fine Art, University of Oxford.

 

Through her multi-disciplinary practice with a focus in film, she reflects upon millennial expositions and exigencies, seeking to exercise strategic complicity with the narratives she creates. In doing so, she hopes to dissolve the distinction between fact and fiction, subject, object and project.

 

Some of her research interests include the conditions of labour in the creative regime, the myth of co-working spaces, and youngster’s love stories.

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DANIEL CHONG

Singapore

(b. 1995) is a sculptor working in the expanded field of affect. His practice delves into social constructs around human emotions and the resulting by-product affects. From strength to grief and recently, intimacy, Chong engages with materialism as a means to unearth our emotive connections through objects. 

His practice is often characterised with the ability to upend traditional understandings of objects through subtle and often minute interventions. His works seem irreverent and casual but in it lies a thorough process of listening and working an object through its materiality. As such Chong’s art is often characterized as subtle, still and mute. The unassuming nature is a strategy used by Chong to make the viewer willingly spend more time unpacking his sculptures.

Chong’s most recent solo exhibition is, ‘Shifting Subtleties’ at 1aspace, Hong Kong

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BERNICE DELA CRUZ

Singapore

(b. 1995) is a creative trained in animation and design. Her artistic practice consists of enquiries into mysticism, meaning and their interactions with the human experience.

 

With liminality, ritual and the supernatural Other as expressions of power and identity, her work aims to create dialogue between personal and public mythologies with the artist as medium.

Her interests include film, folk religion, religious iconography, long walks on the beach and the occult.

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MAKARAND M. DHOTRE

Mumbai | Bandung

Makarand is a creative with technical and engineering background.

He has been working in the film, animation and teaching industry from 2005, in various roles as a teacher, a full time and freelance artist and as a visualizer.  Eventually, in the year 2011, he joined Mumbai's Rachana Sansad Academy of Fine Art. He graduated in the year 2014. In the year 2015, the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture selected him for a cultural scholarship program. He studied Fine Art at the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) from 2015-2016 as a part of this scholarship program. In 2017, he was selected for a master’s degree scholarship in the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB).

Makarand Dhotre’s work strongly reflects his technical background. Presently, in the final semester at Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) he is addressing connotative notions of space, (physical, personal, public), and time as (memories, events, personal, philosophical and metaphysical) through the medium of performance, mixed media drawing and installation.

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nor

Singapore

nor is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice is rooted in self-portraiture.

 

Their works span the disciplines of photography, film, video, performance, text and spoken word poetry to engage with ideas of belonging and identity through the frameworks of gender performance, ethnographic portraits and transnational histories.

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JURIA TORAMAE

Bangkok | Singapore

 (b. 1983) is a visual artist and photographer based in Singapore.

 

She was born in Morocco and raised in Egypt, Thailand and Malaysia. Having had an itinerant childhood, she is interested in place attachment and displacement. Her practice draws on historical and field research and reflects on human relationship with nature.

 

Since 2013, her work has been presented at the Singapore Art Museum at 8Q, the Singapore International Photography Festival, The Photobook Exhibition for Athens Photo Festival (Greece), the Obscura Festival of Photography (Malaysia), the Chiang Mai University Art Center (Thailand), and The Substation (Singapore).

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ZHANG SHIYUAN, SHERRY

Shanghai | Singapore

(b.1996, China) graduated from Sculpture Major, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore, and been working in Ota Fine Arts Shanghai for the past 2 years.

Working under the gallery provided her the chance to assist artists from different countries with their exhibition planning, artwork shipping, press release drafting  and installation, including Ay Tjoe Christine, Cheng Ran, Guo-Liang Tan, Yayoi Kusama and more. She participated in Shanghai local art fair West Bund Art & Design and ART021 from 2017 to 2019, and 2018 Art Basel Hong Kong as well. 

With the perspective of both artist and gallerist, she is going to continue her study art in different cultures in comparison of art in China at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, majoring in Art Management.