Puddles in the City.

PhotographerSarah Choo Jing
Entry Description

The city is similar to a film, one in a state of continuous metamorphosis, one in which not only is everything and everyone animated but also incessantly accelerated. Everything passes by and is always in the process of unreeling. Puddles in the City is a series of 5 images depicting a moment in time where street performers are captured when they are no longer performing. The role of the Performer/ Entertainer is indeed fascinating. Taking on a different persona each time, the entertainer is dressed as an Icon and becomes an object of attraction. At the specific moment when they no longer consciously perform, do these entertainers stop becoming representations of icons? Who is the spectator and who the performer? When, or does the performance come to an end? Documented across busy cities (London, Paris, New york), these cinematic images are presented in a dark space/room , suspended at various angles , catching the subtle reflections of the viewers within the room. The reflectiveness of the dark city cape mirrors the puddles of water across cities. The viewer is hence taking on the role as a spectator in this work, interacting with the space and navigating through the pieces. The viewers’ response and level of engagement with the work is pertinent: whether to identify and read into the meaning of the reflections or to not recognize nor notice their reflections at all.

About Photographer

Sarah Choo Jing (b. 1990, Singapore) is known for her interdisciplinary approach to photography, video and installation. Her work depicts identifiable moments and characters within contemporary urban society suggesting a plethora of private and often solitary narratives. The artist is concerned with the gaze of the flaneur, voyeurism and the uncanny. Choo lives and works in Singapore. She recently completed her MFA at the Slade School of Art in London last summer 2015. Choo has clinched the Gold Award in the 2016 PX3 Prix de la Photographie, Fine Art Category and been awarded First Place in the 2015 Moscow International Foto Awards. She was shortlisted as a Finalist in the Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2014 and was awarded the ICON De Martell Cordon Bleu Photography Award and Kwek Leng Joo Prize of Excellence in Still Photography Award in 2013. The artist has since exhibited internationally at The Busan Museum of Art in Korea, the Daegu Photo Biennale in Korea, ArtParis at The Grand Palais in Paris, the START Art Fair at The Saatchi Gallery in London, Photo London 2015 at The Somerset House in London, and The Santa Fe International New Media Festival in New Mexico, USA. Her works are collected by both private individuals and public institutions; including the Singapore Art Museum, National Museum of Singapore and The Arts Club Permanent Art Collection in London. Choo has recently clinched the ICON De Martell Cordon Bleu Photography Award 2013 and Kwek Leng Joo Prize of Excellence in Still Photography Award. She has since represented Singapore at Cinema Total, organized by Collegium Hungaricum, Berlin, The Santa Fe International New Media Festival 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. The artist has since exhibited locally and internationally at venues such as: The Pingyao Photography Festival (China), Nordart 2013 (Germany), Photographies L’ailleurs, PIASA (Paris), The Harper’s Bazaar Art Fair (Jakarta), Marsio Fine Art (Jakarta) and the Nancy Victor Gallery (UK), Galerie Sogan and Art (Singapore), The Wilgus Gallery (USA).