Not from here

Sarah Choo Jing

Medium: Diasec photography print on lightbox, Edition of 5 + 1 AP
Size of work: 180 x 109 cm

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Not from here is a digital composite of hawker centres in Singapore that exudes the theatrical and uncanny, yet remains intimately nostalgic. It recollects a time before the global pandemic, where social interaction was unrestricted. Drawing on archival images of Singapore with her own observations of a socially-distanced city, Sarah Choo Jing reimagines these communal spaces that have now become temporal and transient. Individuals from the ‘present’ captured in a state of contemplation are placed in contrast with those from the past, gathered in groups. Choo reintroduces the artist’s hand in this work, reinterpreting the documentary narratives she has found through assemblage and photorealistic painting. Upon closer examination, the painterly marks in Not from here raise questions against the reality of the scenes before our eyes.

About the Artist

Sarah Choo Jing 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. Her work for S.E.A. Focus 2022 will be a composite of the hawker centres in Singapore.