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 since completing her MFA at the Slade School of Art in London, in the Summer of 2015. Choo was recently shortlisted as a Finalist for the Audemars Piguet Art Commission for Art Basel 2020 and invited to present her practice at Le Brassus, Geneva in Switzerland and is a Finalist in the Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2020. She clinched the Gold Award in the 2019 PX3 Prix de la Photographie Competition, the 2017 Perspectives 40 under 40 Award and came in First Place in the 2015 Moscow International Foto Awards. Choo was also 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 Turku Art Museum in Helsinki (2019), National Museum of Singapore (2017), Busan Museum of Art in Korea (2016), ArtParis at The Grand Palais in Paris (2015), the START Art Fair at The Saatchi Gallery in London (2015) and Photo London at The Somerset House in London (2015). 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.
Accelerated Intimacy , 19 January - 4 March 2018
For Singapore Art Week 2018, Yeo Workshop is pleased to announce its representation of Sarah Choo Jing with a solo exhibition entitled “Accelerated Intimacy”.
Sarah Choo’s multi-disciplinary practice is premised on the moving image. She is counted among the most interesting of Singapore’s emerging generation of artists, and was most recently included in ArtAsiaPacific Magazine’s “New Currents” line-up.
The artist will transform the gallery, emulating the layout and set-up of a hotel lobby and room. To complete the ambience, the gallery will invite, for the first time, an operating “hotel lobby” bar by EC Proof. This unique art bar will open for the duration of the exhibition, serving high quality whiskey and cocktails along with whiskey bottle service.
Within the gallery, Sarah Choo’s latest work, Accelerated Intimacy, is a 5-channel immersive video installation projected on the acrylic furniture of the hotel room. These spectral objects hint at the semblance of a quotidian space, and the series of moving images projected upon them enact elusive and allusive narratives.
Choo’s cast of solitary figures rehearse a disjointed textual collage of found dialogue, appropriated and spliced from scripts of famous films. The artist has decontextualised these conversations, in turn, reconstructing a potential narrative surrounding each character, who all have been filmed occupying iconic hotel rooms in Singapore. Between the characters and their frames, Choo has carefully constructed uncanny coincidences that are incomplete, open-ended, and methodically ambivalent. In this environment of staged intimacy, the five hotel guests seemingly speak to each other, encountering each other as strangers, yet simultaneously set apart.
Alongside the video installation, photographic prints and objects that have been used in the films are also on display. This dual presentation of images and objects creates a complex staging of “lived” experiences that exist concurrently across time and space.KNOW MORE
Rather than offering any kind of resolution to the histories of these characters and the sites they occupy, Accelerated Intimacy is a series of coincidences that are unfinished, culminating and ongoing, revealing further complexities upon each reading.
Exhibition Catalogue of 'Accelerated Intimacy'- Download PDF