In Conversation: Seenthesis: Visual Literacy through Singapore Photography is an attempt to put together a resource book for school educators on creating engaging classroom art activities. Across 168 pages, with over 100 works by 28 photo artists, the book provides a basic fundamental overview of the medium and the social history of photography in Singapore. The launch presentation will share the concept and process in developing content to complement the school arts curriculum, and how Seenthesis ultimately hopes to enable visual literacy among youths through photography from Singapore.
Ang Song Nian(SG) artist, Lecturer NTU School of Art, Design and Media
Guo Yixiu (SG) artist, educator
Moderated by Gwen Lee(SG) co-founder and Director DECK
Ang Song Nian (Singapore) works with materials and traces of human behaviours made visible within landscapes through photographic documentations and installation. Intrigued by the narration of thoughts and ideologies through visuals, he has always favoured a microscopic approach to concepts, a style which he employs to open up details in his practice. In 2012, he was awarded the International Graduate Scholarship for his graduate studies at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. He is currently a lecturer of photography at NTU School of Art, Design and Media.
Guo Yixiu (Singapore) is a multidisciplinary artist and educator. Born and based in Singapore, Guo is interested in how “play” occurs in both her fine-art and educational projects. In her fine-art practice, she often uses objects in approaches that fuse photography and painting together, to create works that reflect on her sentiments of Singapore. Within her educational projects, Guo is interested in understanding how learning in art may be expanded through play pedagogies. Guo has exhibited in both local and international exhibitions, and has spent six years as a full-time educator with the Ministry of Education. She will be pursuing further studies in art education in the coming year.
Gwen Lee (Singapore) is the co-founder and Director of DECK, an independent container art space built in 2014, which received the 2015 President’s Design Award for its innovative design and impact on the urban community. In 2013, the Singapore International Photography Festival received a National Arts Council seed grant to further develop photography education in Singapore. Lee has curated and organised over 50 photography exhibitions, in Singapore as well as overseas, including Flux Reality: Contemporary Photography from China(2014) at ArtScience Museum, Singapore. She is now fundraising for a permanent building for photography in Singapore.
Image caption: (L-R) Gwen Lee, Ang Song Nian, and Guo Yixiun. Courtesy the panelists.