Waiting for the Elevator

PhotographerSarah Choo Jing
PrizeSilver in Fine Art / Collage
Entry Description

“In pursuit of meaning and satisfaction, we are led to grant the aura of life to things and to drain in from people: we personify objects and objectify persons. We experience alienation from ourselves as well as from others. We best comprehend ourselves as social entities by looking at photos of ourselves, assuming the voyeur’s role with respect to our own images; We best know ourselves from within in looking through the viewfinder at other people and things. “ - Martha Rosler In her recent work, Choo seeks to reflect upon issues of social alienation and isolation through potential narratives in Everyday scenes. In attempt to reflect upon the function of the void deck in public housing in Singapore, the resulting image acts as a documentation of individuals ocupying the spaces. Incorporating documentary footage taken in various public housing estates around Singapore, these otherwise independent tableaus were spliced together to form an unravelling panorama. Each individual featured in the piece was filmed in his or her own discrete space, as the immediate architectural surroundings make clear, but every scene occurs in the void deck of an apartment block, with the disconnected footage then sutured together to achieve the desired effect. The composited panorama ultimately exists as a non-space; an accumulation of fragments over time.

About Photographer

Sarah Choo Jing (b.1990) is a Multidisciplinary Fine Artist who is currently pursuing her MFA in Fine Art Media at the Slade School of Art, University College London. Focusing on the relationship between space and time, Choo’s work depicts identifiable moments and characters within contemporary society. Intentionally constructed, the artist reflects upon social and cultural norms. Choo has recently been shortlisted as a Finalist in the Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2014. In 2013, she was awarded the ICON De Martell Cordon Bleu Photography Award and Kwek Leng Joo Prize of Excellence in Still Photography Award. The artist has since represented Singapore at Cinema Total 2014, organized by Collegium Hungaricum, Berlin, The Santa Fe International New Media Festival 2013 in New Mexico, USA and Nordart 2013 - a contemporary art fair in Germany, Europe. A recipient of the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal Award, Choo has been awarded The Photographer of The Year in the Fine Art Photography category at the 4th International Pollux Awards, USA. In 2012, she was a Finalist for the 3rd edition Julia Margaret Cameron Award, at The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards in Europe. That summer, she received several Honorable Mentions at the International Photography Awards.