Photo projects on home, by young photographers

Featuring works by the participants of SHYA 2019
Mentored by Grace Baey, Joseph Nair, Juliana Tan and Nurul Huda Rashid
14 Oct to 29 Nov 2020

Objectifs Lower Gallery and Courtyard

Artist Talk (Held online via Zoom): Sat 24 Oct, 8pm – 9.30pm (SGT UTC/GMT+8)
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The Shooting Home Youth Awards (SHYA) is a platform for students aged 15 to 23 years old to develop their photographic skills and ambitions. The programme has been running since 2011, and has mentored more than 90 students to date.

Themed around the idea of home, the programme encourages participants to draw inspiration from their surroundings and the issues most important to them. As such the photographs address a variety of subjects that are close to the photographers’ hearts such as their families and friends.

The Shooting Home Youth Awards gives students the opportunity to build a strong portfolio, exhibit their work publicly, and network with industry professionals. Many of the participants have continued to pursue photography through their studies and on a professional basis.

This exhibition presents works by the 11 participants of SHYA 2019, who were mentored by Grace Baey, Joseph Nair, Juliana Tan and Nurul Huda Rashid. They took part in the mentorship programme over two weeks in Nov-Dec 2019.

Read more about the exhibiting artists and their projects below. Students aged 15 to 23 are invited to apply for the Shooting Home Youth Awards 2020 here. Applications close 30 Oct.

Arielmegan Tan
The Beauty of Healing 

Rating: Advisory (Some Mature Content)
“Being broken is not something to be glorified, but the fact that people are able to find remedies for brokenness makes us all beautiful human beings.”

Megan participated in SHYA 2019 as a student in the Fashion Marketing and Merchandising diploma course at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.


Beverly Chew Xiu Qi

The artist interrogates the idea of the toilet as a physical space where individuals feel the most uninhibited and attuned with their inner selves. What was initially intended as a place that served a perfunctory purpose has become a private sanctuary to confront our good and bad, beautiful and ugly.

Beverly participated in SHYA 2019 as a Year 3 undergraduate at Nanyang Technological University’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information.

Toa Li Ting (Ines)

(DIS)ORDER is a satirical meditation on Singapore’s (un)natural landscape, a landscape that is constructed, disciplined, and non self-sustaining – one that requires constant human mediation.

Ines participated in SHYA 2019 as a Year 3 undergraduate at Yale-NUS College.

Wong Cai Jie, J
unworlding explores the dissonance of being an environmentalist in singapore. for the most part, i just want to explore nature and appreciate cool biodiversity. but it is unsettling to tout a love for the natural environment as i remain embedded in a carbon economy, despite knowing that the climate crisis urgently demands a global transition.”

J participated in SHYA 2019 as a Year 3 undergraduate at Yale-NUS College.

Lee Jia Ying
What I’ll Miss 

“I grew up living with my grandparents. Despite seeing them everyday, I have never noticed just how much they have aged over the past two decades. Holding on to memories of objects important to us and regular activities we do together provide me with a sense of comfort and familiarity. The fear of loss also urges me to document specific details I wish I had taken more time to notice and appreciate.”

Jia Ying participated in SHYA 2019 as a Year 2 undergraduate at Nanyang Technological University’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information.

Siew Png Sim
Private Quarry
“From a young age, my family and I constantly moved around various cities, never settling down for long periods of time. After 12 years in China, I returned to Singapore for mandatory military service. Often on off days, I would frequent a small abandoned quarry, which has been repurposed by the government to a town park. It was there I went to reflect on this period of major change, and the emotions of angst, solace and searching that come with it.”

Siew Png participated in SHYA 2019 as a graduate of Yew Chung International School and full-time National Serviceman (NSF).

Suhani Gupta

“My work documents the daily lives of a group of Bangladeshi migrant workers who work on a farm in the outskirts of Singapore. My aim with this photo essay was to document, portray, and tell the untold story of these Bangladeshi workers. This was a story that deserved to be told, an important gem hidden deep inside a farm.”

Suhani participated in SHYA 2019 as a Secondary 2 student at Crescent Girls’ School.

Li Wanjie
Rating: R18 (Mature Content)

room/moor stars mooring posts of my adolescence, the friends and lovers who have taught me to navigate the world. It’s a project that struggles against the sexual tropes and taboos surrounding visual imaginations of queerness. I hope these pictures can for a few moments help you access the personal truths I care about.”

Wanjie participated in SHYA 2019 as a graduate of Raffles Institution and full-time National Serviceman (NSF).

Goh Lin Yuan
32 Hours of a Singapore Night
“Singapore was an alien territory for me. I remembered being struck by how brutal the city nightscape looked as a tourist. Now a citizen, I hoped to find comfort in the part of Singapore that felt the most unfamiliar to me. The night is long, and I am content as a wayward seeker in the heart of Singapore.”

Lin participated in SHYA 2019 as a recent graduate of the University of Melbourne.

Nur Hadziqah
Wanting to Return 

“I live near the mangroves. I head there some days, sometimes going waist-deep. But no matter how close I get, I feel a barrier. When recounting the day to the SHYA participants, it hit me that this was
about me, my mum…and my grandma. I grew up with my grandma and felt very close to her.
I realised the disconnect I felt with nature turned out to be my disconnect with my grandmother.”

Hadziqah enjoys documenting life through writing, photos, videos, and drawing. She was featured in the Singapore Writers Festival in 2019. Her recent work looks at nature with nostalgia, exploring loss, longing, and seeking. Family and community are deeply embedded in her work.

Kiat Tan Wei Jie
Raise — 养 (yǎng)
Raise — 养(yǎng) is a photo series in which I revisit my bond with my paternal grandmother, who once played an instrumental role in my upbringing. On the other spectrum, my cousin’s jaunt into childhood relives a dream-like retrospective of myself.”

Kiat participated in SHYA 2019 as a Year 2 undergraduate at LASALLE College of the Arts.