An exploration into intimate spaces through photography

Featuring works by Dylan Chan, Fitri Ya’akob, Masuri Mazlan, Vimal Kumar
Curated by Elaine Thanya Marie Teo x Tekad Kolektif
Recipient of Curator Open Call 2021

Chapel Gallery, Objectifs
23 Sep to 31 Oct 2021
Free admission 

Exhibition Opening (Extended Hours): Thu 23 Sep, 12pm to 9pm
Opening Performances by Fitri Ya’akob & Masuri Mazlan: Thu 23 Sep, 7pm to 8pm (RSVP here)
Cyanotype Printing Workshop: My Body as a Sanctuary: Sat 25 Sep, 12pm to 2.30pm (Details here)
Curator Tour by Elaine Thanya Marie Teo: Sun 26 Sep, 2pm to 3pm (RSVP here)

Poetry Open Call: Deadline 30 Sep 2021 (Details here)
Floral Arrangement Workshop: Floral as Praxis: Withering Presence: Sat 2 Oct, 2pm to 3.30pm (Details here)
Artist Talk: Sat 16 Oct, 2pm to 3.30pm via Zoom (Register here)
Yantra Cartography Workshop: Envisioning 3D Realms in 2D: Sat 23 Oct, 2pm to 3.30pm (Details here)
Poetry Reading: Sat 23 Oct, 4pm to 5pm (RSVP here)
Closing Performance: Propitiation – Apparition: Sat 30 Oct, 2pm to 3pm (livestream), 4pm to 5pm at the Chapel Gallery (RSVP here)

With You Here Between: Defamliarizations is an exploration into intimate spaces, and depicts photography in different, more experiential ways. Taking its departure from a poem by Sufi poet, Rumi, With You Here Between is a call to living and thriving in the margins.

About the artists

Dylan Chan (b. 1997) is a Singapore-based artist pursuing his BFA (Hons) at LASALLE College of the Arts. He previously graduated from their Diploma programme in 2018, and was a recipient of the Winston Oh (Practice) Award, which allowed him to travel to Tokyo, Japan as part of the grant. His works abstracts instances from everyday life and draws from memories and reminiscences centred around intimacy.

Fitri Ya’akob‘s (b. 1996) works are commentaries on the different circumstances where she expounds on the duality and sometimes hypocrisy of certain ideologies and theories that have been made palatable. She has a BFA in Photography and Digital Imaging from the  Nanyang Technological University’s School of Art, Design and Media from. She is the recipient of the Kwek Leng Joo Prize of Excellence in 2019. Her works have been exhibited locally, and at the 2019 edition of the Pingyao International Photography Festival, China.

Masuri Mazlan is a Singapore based visual artist and co-founder of tekad kolektif. He graduated with a BA in Fine Art (First Class Honours) from LASALLE College of the Arts accredited by Goldsmiths, University of London. His accolades include the Goh Chok Tong Youth Promise Scholarship Award (2016), the International TAKIFUJI Art Award by Japan Traffic Culture Association (2017), the Winston Oh Travelogue Research Award (2018) and Anugerah Cemerlang by MENDAKI (2019). He was the recipient of the NAC LASALLE Community Arts Mentorship Programme (CAMP) (2019) to co-lead art workshops on a grassroots level, and organised Of Spaces and Phases in conjunction with Singapore Art Week 2020.

Vimal Kumar (b. 1993) is a multidisciplinary Singaporean artist with an interest in the visual aspect of storytelling, often delving into narratives of the unseen. His works explore themes related to culture, heritage, spirituality, and ecology. While he enjoys working with traditional media such as oil, gouache, and ink, he has a keen interest in photography and digital painting as well.

About the curator

Elaine Thanya Marie Teo is a curator with a specialisation in performance art and is the co-founder of Tekad Kolektif, an artist collective dedicated to research in the liminal space. Deeply intrigued with the threads of art history in contemporary visual arts, Elaine enjoys working with people from diverse backgrounds.


:: Object Lessons Space: Interview with Elaine Thanya Marie Teo on Instagram, in three parts [1, 2, 3]

:: Plural Art Mag: “With You Here Between: Defamiliarizations” at Objectifs Centre (and Instagram Feature)

:: TimeOut Singapore: With You Here Between: Defamiliarizations

:: Female Magazine: Things To Do in Singapore

:: The A List: Things to do, watch, listen this week: 11 to 17 Oct

:: ArtAsiaPacific: In the Off-Frame Spaces of “With You Here Between: Defamiliarizations”

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Poetry Open Call for With You Here Between: Defamiliarizations
Deadline: 30 Sep 2021, 2359pm
Email your submissions to

Writers are invited to submit a poem of any length and language (please include an English translation where possible) as part of With You Here Between: Defamiliarizations. Open only to Singapore-based writers.

Five poems will be selected, and the writers will be invited to perform their work at a poetry reading at the Chapel Gallery on 23 October, alongside the exhibition. If selected, each writer will receive an honorarium of SGD$100 and will have their poem published in the exhibition catalogue.