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OUR TEAM

Emmeline Yong / Co-founder & Director

Emmeline co-founded Objectifs in 2003 and continues to oversee the artistic direction and general management at the non-profit arts space. Objectifs has become regarded as one of the leading visual arts centres in Southeast Asia, advancing the practice and appreciation of film and photography both locally and internationally. She has served as a judge and nominator for several awards, including the ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu Photography Award and Magnum Foundation Fund. She has also curated several photography exhibitions including the annual Women in Photography exhibition at Objectifs (co-presented with the Asian Women Photographers’ Showcase in 2015, and with the Magnum Foundation in 2016), and group and solo shows at the Month of Photography Asia. Her contribution to the photography scene in Singapore has been recognised over the years; she was named as one of the Top 50 Creative People in 2010, TimeOut Magazine; and Top 10 Creative Minds 2012, Prestige Magazine. Emmeline received her degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in Management (B.Sc Econs, The Wharton School) and Economics (B.A, College of Arts and Sciences).

Wahyuni A. Hadi / Director 

Yuni is a film producer and curator known for her promotion of Singapore cinema. She specializes in the management of film & media projects, and oversees the film programme at Objectifs. Her career began in the visual arts and she has since worked as Senior Programme Manager (Film) at The Substation and Commissioning Editor at Mediacorp TV12. She also co-founded Fly By Night Video Challenge with filmmaker Tan Pin Pin in 2003. In 2008-2009, she headed the Singapore International Film Festival as festival director. Yuni was a Co-Producer of Anthony Chen’s Ilo Ilo (winner of the Camera d’Or at the 66th Cannes Film Festival and winner of four Golden Horse Awards including Best Feature Film). She rejoined the film festival as Executive Director in 2014. In 2010 she was recognised as one of the 50 Most Inspiring Women in Female Magazine and in 2014 as one of Singapore Women’s Weekly “Great Women of Our Time” in 2014. Yuni was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship 2016 and selected as the 2016 United Technologies Corporation Fellow. She holds an M.A in Arts Management from Lasalle College of the Arts.

Leong Puiyee / Manager

Puiyee is responsible for the film programme and projects at Objectifs. She has managed film events such as the Singapore Short Film Awards, cINE65 Short Film Competition and the Fly By Night Video Challenge. She is also the Programme Manager (Short Films) for the 2014 to 2017 Singapore International Film Festival. An occasional zine artist, Puiyee has taken part in the 2013 Tokyo Art Book Fair and Print Lab: Art and Design publication exhibition under Grey Projects.  Puiyee graduated with a diploma in Arts Management from Lasalle College of the Arts.

Ryan Chua / Manager

Ryan manages the educational programmes and course development at Objectifs. In addition to managing outreach workshops with schools and corporates, Ryan has also led projects such as Picture My World (working with participants recovering from mental illness to use photography as visual therapy). He previously worked in marketing and arts administration at The Arts House and The Substation where he gained experience in venue management and working with corporate clients. Ryan holds a Masters in Guidance & Counselling from James Cook University. He is a trained counsellor who has also conducted therapy sessions with children to help them express their emotional needs using creative methods.

Chelsea Chua / Manager

Chelsea manages marketing and partnerships at Objectifs. A communications professional with a focus on the arts and nonprofit sectors, her experience ranges from managing media relations to conceiving marketing strategy. Most recently, she was the Marketing Manager at The Substation from 2012 to 2015, where she led communications and marketing for its events and programmes, and edited its quarterly publication, ISSUE. She is an avid reader, theatregoer, film-watcher, and gallery visitor. Chelsea graduated from the University of Western Australia with a B.A.(Hons) in Literature and Political Science.

Aditi Shivaramakrishnan / Assistant Manager

Aditi manages onsite educational programmes and course development at Objectifs. She has previously worked in marketing at Facebook and as an editorial assistant at independent publisher Epigram Books, where she worked on art and photography books by Singapore photographers, among other projects. Aditi has also been a research assistant for a project on children’s art education with the National Institute of Education and National Gallery Singapore, worked as a gallery sitter at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, and written about Singapore film for SINdie. She holds a BA in English from Wesleyan University and an MSc in Information Studies from Nanyang Technological University.

Board Members & Advisors

Dawn Teo / Co-founder and Board Member

Dawn’s interest in the visual arts was sparked when she attended photography and filmmaking workshops at the International Centre of Photography and the New York Film Academy in New York. Prior to starting Objectifs in 2003, she was an investment banking analyst in in Hong Kong. Dawn graduated from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She continues her full-time work in the financial industry.

Charmaine Toh / Board Member

Charmaine Toh is currently a Curator at the National Gallery of Singapore. She was formerly the Programme Director at Objectifs till 2014, where she developed exhibitions and educational programmes at the centre. She also founded The Art Incubator Residency Program in 2008, which partnered international arts organizations such as Gertrude Contemporary in Melbourne and Platform 3 in Bandung. She co-curated the 2012 i Light Marina Bay Festival and a curator for LTA’s Art in Transit program and 2013 Singapore Biennale. She was previously Cultural Relations Manager at the Australian High Commission from 2006-2009, where she worked on international projects promoting cultural exchange. Charmaine holds a Master of Visual Culture from Monash University.

Teresa Kwong / International Advisor

Teresa Kwong is a promoter, curator and producer for film and media arts. Currently the Programme Director of the Hong Kong Arts Centre, she is committed to nurture and promote the next generation of Asian talents in creative media. Ms Kwong has been leading the ifva (Incubator for Film and Visual media in Asia), a festival for nurturing the next creative talents in moving images in the region for ten years between 2004 and 2014. She has been invited to give presentations and curate programs about Hong Kong + Asian independent cinema for oversea festivals/ institutions in the United Kingdom, United States and Poland, etc. Teresa has been awarded a Starr Foundation fellowship by the Asian Cultural Council to conduct research and undertake residencies at arts organizations specializing in film and media arts in New York (Eyebeam Art + Technology Center and Electronic Arts Intermix – video art distributor) and Los Angeles (REDCAT, the California Institute of the Arts) in 2007 – 2008. Since 2001, she has become a member of NETPAC (Network for Promoters of Asian Cinema) and has been invited to be the jury member of various international film festivals, including the Pusan International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Women Film Festival in Seoul and Vesoul Asian Film Festival.

She has started producing films with a number of emerging filmmakers in Hong Kong and China since 2006. She has been selected to participate in the renowned Produire au Sud Workshop 2008 – Nantes (France) and Rotterdam Producer Lab 2013 for co-production. Addicted to Love (directed by LIU Hao, 2010), as an official selection in the 58th San Sebastian International Film Festival and the Cyclo d’or award winner (the 17th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema 2011), is her debut feature producing project. Teresa has been closely working with Tsang Tsui Shan since 2007 and produces Tsang’s latest feature Big Blue Lake (2011, which has been awarded the best new director of the 31st Hong Kong Film Awards 2012) and Jury Prix for Asian New Talent Awards, the 15th Shanghai International Film Festival. Her recent titles as the producer include Flowing Stories (feature documentary by Tsang Tsui Shan, 2014) and Dot 2 dot (directed by Amos Why, 2014). Teresa is also doing part time teaching on film and media arts administration at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is currently a member of the board of directors of Contemporary Musiking Hong Kong (an incubator for cross-disciplinary practices in music, sound, and technology).

 

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