Photo projects on home, by young photographers

Featuring works by the participants of SHYA 2020
16 Feb to 12 Mar 2021 

Objectifs Lower Gallery and Courtyard

Online artist talks (Held via Zoom)
Session 1 – Wed 24 Feb, 8pm to 9pm (SGT): Participants Watanabe Shiya, Alexandra Chin, Goh Jing Wen, Syahrul Anuar, Cheryl Yip, and Gianna Chun in conversation with mentors Nurul Huda Rashid and Joseph Nair.
Session 2 – Wed 3 Mar, 8pm – 9pm (SGT): Participants Lim Yi Ann, Pek Yan Lin, Evan Lim, Dan N. Tran, Lisa Peh, and Pauline Wong in conversation with mentors Grace Baey and Marvin Tang.

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 12 participants of SHYA 2020, who were mentored by Grace Baey, Joseph Nair, Marvin Tang and Nurul Huda Rashid. They took part in the mentorship programme over two weeks in Nov 2020 – Jan 2021.


The A List: Singapore through the eyes of Gen Z
The Straits Times: Shooting home
The New Paper: Young photographers showcase projects on the idea of home

The exhibiting artists are:

Chin Li Ping, Alexandra | LASALLE College of the Arts
Inspired by the photographer’s own experience having lived abroad for two years and returned to Singapore in 2019, New Roots is an investigation of international students’ personal lives as they grow new roots in Singapore.

Cheryl Yip Xin Ting | School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University
VOID is a poignant exploration of inaesthetic modern human interventions on burial practices due to land scarcity in Singapore.

Dan N. Tran | National University of Singapore
Not Home captures the longing for home experienced by many international students, including the photographer himself, who have been stranded in Singapore due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Evan Lim | Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Ho(me) is inspired by the many albums of images the photographer’s parents have of his childhood, and the memories that come along with those pictures.

Gianna Chun | Maryland Institute College of Art

Called Home; Neither Here Nor There. The journey of making tangible the lifelong process of finding “home”; retracing footsteps that were supposed to be but never were, familiar.

Goh Jing Wen | LASALLE College of the Arts

Hand-me-downscaptures the quirky hand gestures the artist has subconsciously adopted from the people in her life.

Lim Yi Ann | NUS High School
At My Grandparents’ Home follows the artist’s journey using photography to rediscover and reconnect with her grandparents. 

Peh Jiaxian Lisa | Nanyang Technological University

In Things: 625 images of ____, the artist uses a computer vision software — a software that can quickly classify images into predefined categories up to human standards — to deal with her growing library of unsorted digital photos.

Wong Huilin Pauline | LASALLE College of the Arts

Middle Child Diary is an ongoing photo series exploring the photographer’s possessions which reflect her identity and who she is today.

Pek Yan Lin | Nanyang Technological University
24/7 aims to capture the many cherished moments between the photographer’s aunt and grandmother and is an exploration of caregiving.

Muhammad Syahrul Anuar | School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University
Yang Pertama playfully investigates the dichotomies of what a picture attempts to illustrate versus a lived experience. Hoarding images of picturesque families are contrasted with the artist’s rough but somber experience growing up at the old Jalan Satu Estate.

Watanabe Shiya | Nanyang Technological University
Anata documents the complex and intimate relationship of a couple that chose to be stuck together.