Sarah Choo: only nearer than half a world apart

  • Sarah Choo Jing

    Only nearer than half a world apart


    Diasec Print

    51 x 150 cm

    Edition of 10


    Presented as a seamless loop, ‘Only nearer than half a world apart’ is a digital composite of documented and archival images collected from the early 1920s to present day. Contemporary spaces filled with fading remnants of the past situates viewers in an intermediary space, halfway between reality and hallucination. 

    Referencing imagery from early ‘Entertainment’ Worlds in Singapore, Choo traced then sutured records of New World, Great World, and Gay/Happy World, creating a moving time-lapse within a shared space. This memory-image presents individuals, from past to present, as unconscious performers in pensive states. A juxtaposition from the grandiosity and spectacle of fairgrounds, familiar characters are grafted in identifiable moments, existing in splices of time and image, document and monument.

  • “I am fascinated by the spectacular Entertainment Worlds of the past. I'm interested in the lens of the past versus that of the present, and how the fantasy is created."
    - Sarah Choo Jing
  • Sarah Choo Jing: 

    Dancing Without Touching

    Exhibition Dates: 7 Jan - 26 Feb 2023

    ART WEEK 2023 — Yeo Workshop will spotlight Singaporean artist Sarah Choo Jing with a presentation of new works for her forthcoming solo exhibition at the gallery. The presentation explores an alternative discourse of movement and dance in the context of ‘Entertainment Worlds’  (often referred to as amusement parks) in early Singapore where there were games, rides and food fairs. Choo presents her subjects immersed in deliberately constructed situations, allowing them to interpret, respond, and perform within the site. Playing with the notions of performance and chance in the process of creating these works, Choo offers her performers the opportunity to challenge traditional and preconceived stereotypes  associated with their respective historic characters whether that be Chinese opera “wayang”, “taxi ladies”, striptease dancers, or boxers. 


    Sarah Choo Jing’s practice exudes a mastery in image-making and photography that teases the boundaries between truth and fiction. Often juxtaposing and interspersing staged, found, and borrowed media to uncanny sensibilities, she brings novel perspectives to society and history in her earnest observation of human behaviour and relationships. The project materialises at the intersection of technology and analogue mediums,  through an immersive video installation that takes an innovative format comprising a video sculpture, digital prints and NFTs of the performers.

  • Sarah Choo Jing, (Video work-in-progress) Dancing Without Touching, 2022.
  • “Her artistic process is at the intersection of digital and analogue forms.”
  • Artist Biography SARAH CHOO JING​ (b.1990, Singapore) is known for her interdisciplinary approach to photography, video and installation. Her work...

    Artist Biography

    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 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.