Shalini Ganendra Fine Art advisory
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.