THE TROPHY AND THE ARTIST BEHIND IT - Being II

"For this commission, I am creating minimalist sculptures - organic spherical forms which are carved out of plaster. Their surfaces will be highly polished to have a porcelain-like tactile quality. They will then be painted with many layers of translucent colours to create an abstract and light atmosphere. The colours do not refer to any one particular time or place but open to the different meanings each colour would bring to it.

 

The spherical form has many related interpretations and references and is a universal symbol of 'completeness'. These spherical forms would have a connotation of the 'beginning' of humanity and a sense of being which I intend to present to the two KLPA first prize photographers and it is my wish that it might trigger interesting dialogues between photography and 3D objects. 

 

These forms are to be simply placed on minimalist bases rather than being fixed to them.  Therefore the forms can be picked up and returned to their bases in any position. The idea behind this is to allow the trophy to be interactive and personal to the recipients. "

 
Photo © Ryohei Jingu

YUKAKO SHIBATA

Yukako was born in Hokkaido, Japan, and has lived and worked in London since 1993.

 

She holds an MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art and has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in the UK, Canada, Germany, and Japan. Her work is in many public and private collections worldwide which includes Doris Lockhart Saatchi, The Tim Sayer Collection, Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank and the Royal College of Art. 

 

"My work is a ­hybrid of sculpture, painting, and installation reflecting the translation or distillation of nature into objective forms. By exploring the subtle transitions of colour in nature, combined with imagination and memories I explore the fleeting colours of the natural world and question the complex interplay of light and atmosphere.

 

My work negotiates the intricate and delicate relationship between colour, mass, and space. It is my intention to offer a contemplative atmosphere to the surroundings of my pieces, and moments of clarity and serenity to spectators. For me, creating is a form of meditation. I enjoy the slow evolutionary process as the work comes into being."
 

www.yukakoshibata.com

 

JUDGES

KONG YEN LIN
Independent Curator and Writer
ENRICO STEFANELLI
Founder Director of Photolux Festival
TOM WHITE
Photographer and Educator
CHARMAINE POH
Photographer

The former Education and Resource Manager for DECK, a contemporary container art space for photography in Singapore and Southeast Asia,based in Singapore, Kong Yen Lin is a curator and writer specializing in photography.

 

A journalism graduate, she started out her career as a sub-editor with the Global Picture Desk at Thomson Reuters before going on to earn her Masters in Asian Art Histories at Lasalle College of the Arts, where she researched on Singapore’s modern photography history.shekick started the organization’s student and public education programmes in 2015.

Yen Lin was also the Education and Outreach Programme Manager of the 2012 and 2014 Singapore International Photography Festival and published two student guides to learning about contemporary photography.

Enrico Stefanelli is a photographer, journalist, curator and teaches photography in workshops.

 

He is the founder and artistic director of Photolux Festival the biennial of photography in Lucca. He has curated several exhibitions and the exhibition “Cadets” of Paolo Verzone for “Les Rencontres de la Photographie” in Arles.

 

He has been appointed as an expert for portfolio reviews for Les Rencontres d'Arles, Santa Fe Photo Festival, Kaunas Festival, Eyes in Progress, Fotofestiwal, 16e China International Photographic Art Festival, Fotografia Europea, Backlight Photo Festival, FotoFest – Houston, Auckland Festival of Photography, Festival de la Luz – Buenos Aires.

Originally from Bradford, West Yorkshire in the north of England, Tom White is currently based in Singapore where he works as a freelance photographer. His photography has been published and exhibited internationally. Editorial clients include The New York Times, The L.A. Times, The Wall Street Journal, TIME magazine, The Guardian U.K, Thompson Reuters and The European Press Photo Agency.

 

He is a graduate of Goldsmith’s College in London and The International Centre of Photography in New York. He is interested in the expanded fields of digital storytelling and cinema, visual & media literacy, and their use within the social sciences.

Charmaine Poh is a Chinese-Singaporean artist. Her practice combines photography with research, text, video, and installation, focusing on issues of memory, gender, youth, and solitude in the Asian context.

 

Often working with the form of narrative portraiture, she considers the performance of self and the layers of identity we build. She works with communities in a collaborative process that holds space for introspection, intimacy, and sharing. She is interested in the stories that make us who we are. 

She graduated from Tufts University with a BA in International Relations, and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Visual and Media Anthropology at the Freie Universität Berlin. 

HASNOOR HUSSAIN
 
Photographer

Hasnoor Hussain is a photojournalist who currently works at a prominent Malaysian news portal, The Malaysian Insight.

 

In 2016, The Malaysian Insider (then The Malaysian Insight) was shut down by the previous government, due to its critical coverage on the Najib Razak administration. It was then that he embarked on his travels between states pursuing his own projects which were later picked up by several publications and organisations such as The Guardian, Greenpeace and World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

 

 

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