Shalini Ganendra Fine Art

EIFFEL CHONG

 

b. 1977  Malaysia

 

Eiffel Chong is one of the brightest stars emerging from Malaysia’s contemporary photography scene. His work has been praised for its subtle intelligence and communicative power.

 

Much of Chong’s work examines the ambiguous impact of man’s reworking of nature and the landscape, and the (often deliberately blurred) distinctions between reality and fiction, life and death. His work frequently invokes the child’s perceptions of the world to expose sinister adult realities. His technical excellence and mastery of composition often gestures to or creates ominous or startling reversals of expectation and perception in the viewer, using apparently ordinary subjects to generate profound images which speak about the depths of the human condition.

 

Bestowed with a dark and intelligent flair for creating stark images with enlightening titles, Chong’s photographs form compelling, philosophical and thought provoking narrative series.

 

Chong is a nominee for the 2014 Sovereign Art Prize, Hong Kong. He also acts as a mentor for the Goethe Institut Malaysia/Nikon Shooting Stars programme and Exposure+ Workshop. He has also been appointed to the panel of judges for the Kuala Lumpur Photography Awards 2013 and 2010/2011 Annual Nikon Photo Awards, Malaysia. His publications include: Institutionalized Care (self-published), 2013; This Used To Be My Playground (Artify Gallery Publication), 2012; Faces of IJN (IJN Foundation Publication), 2008.

SELECTED BIOGRAPHY

 

 

Awards and Recognition

 

2014  Finalist, The Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Hong Kong

 

2013  Finalist, The Prix Pictet, England

 

2010  ASEAN-Korea Multimedia Competition, Seoul, South Korea

 

2009  Asia Europe Foundation Emerging Photographers Forum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

2008  Singapore International Photography Festival – Emerging Artist Series, Singapore

 

 

Selected Exhibitions

 

2014  MY COUNTRY, Louis K. Meisel, New York in association with SGFA

Xishuangbanna Foto Festival, Hall of Academic Excellence, Yunnan, China

 

2013  Under Control, 2902 Gallery, Singapore

SIPF NOMAD, Noorderlicht Photo Festival 2013, Groningen,The Netherlands

Portraits – Group Exhibition from Singapore International Photography Festival, Theory of Clouds: Gallery and

Community Worldwide, Kobe, Japan

Chobi Mela International Festival of Photography, Shilpokola Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh

MIDTERM, SGFA @ Gallery Residence

 

2012  Before The World Fell To Pieces – Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur (solo)

A Matter of Life and Death – Valentine Willie Fine Art, Jogjakarta (solo)

Wawasan 2020 – Valentine Willie Fine Art, Singapore

 

2011  Photo Off – Young and Upcoming Photographers Art Fair – La Bellevilloise, Paris, France

Young Artist Programme – Daegu Exco, South Korea

3rd Dali International Photography Festival – Yunnan, China

 

2010  Cut2010: Parallel Universe – Manila Contemporary, Philippines; Sangkring Art Space, Jogjakarta, Indonesia; Valentine Willie Fine Art, Singapore and

Malaysia

Different But Same – Wei Ling Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

2008  Photoart Asia – Zengallery@Central World, Bangkok, Thailand

Silent Auction – London College of Communication, UK

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