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“From the Archives” at Mizuma Gallery, Singapore

“Shin-chan Chili,” 2010, by Angki Purbandono (1971, Cepiring), Scanography, light box, 100 x 150 x 15 cm, © Angki Purbandono, Mizuma Gallery Singapore
(Courtesy: Artist and Mizuma Gallery)

Mizuma Gallery, Singapore, is showcasing “From the Archives,” a group show of works by Agan Harahap, Angki Purbandono, Iswanto Soerjanto, Robert Zhao Renhui, Usami Masahiro, and Zen Teh.

The group show mounts works by contemporary photography artists from Indonesia, Japan, and Singapore and is on view through September 9.

“The exhibition presents various methodologies of each artists’ art-making process, spanning from traditional darkroom techniques and photographic processes, to more experimental ways of digital imaging and image manipulation,” the gallery says.

Agan Harahap has the skills of a Photoshop ninja, is specialized in producing incredible photomontages. Agan Harahap is known by many different titles: often cited as ‘master Photoshopper,’ others might regard him as an Internet troll or even a digital manipulator, while many who may not know him may be hugely familiar with his works that are widely shared and ripped-off anonymously in online media.

However, in the art scene, he has been steadily regarded as one of the most prominent contemporary artist of his generation, participating in various exhibitions such as his most recent, ‘Mardijker Photo Studio’ in the 2016 Singapore Biennale.

Angki Purbandono, one of Indonesia’s leading photography artists, has been working with scanography as his primary media for 11 years.

His transition from camera to scanner was inspired by Man Ray, a 20th century modernist artist known for his photography works created with different approaches other than the camera. Purbandono still considers himself as a photography artist despite the medium he works with, because he believes that the essence of photography as an art form lies in the story behind.

Singaporean visual artist Robert Zhao Renhui (b. 1983) works chiefly with photography but often adopts a multi-disciplinary approach, presenting images together with documents and objects. Renhui’s work include textual and media analysis, video and photography projects.

His work has also been awarded The Deutsche Bank Award in Photography (2011) by the University of the Arts London and The United Overseas Bank Painting of the Year Award (2009) Singapore. In 2010, he was awarded The Young Artist Award by the Singapore National Arts Council. His work has also been featured prominently in Artforum International, ArtAsiaPacific, European Photography, Pipeline, Archivo, Fotografia and Punctum.

To capture each photograph, Masahiro makes countless preparatory visits to the shooting location, and continuously researches and negotiates with local people regarding production. His style of crafting works has involved locations from Fukushima and Kesennuma, damaged in the Great East Japan Earthquake, to the former nuclear bomb site of Hiroshima.

Teh’s practice is notable for the varied yet highly successful collaborations that she had accomplished with scientist Professor Ching Jianhong, product and UIUX designer Sharifah Nasser, the Community Health Assessment Team at Institute of Medical Health and ex-classmates Hera (art researcher) and Ong Fangzheng (conservator).

A graduate of the B.Sc Architecture program from the Bartlett School of Architecture in University College London, her work was exhibited in the summer show in the Royal Academy of Arts in 2016. She is also a recipient of a scholarship from DesignSingapore, with which she will be embarking on the Masters in Architecture program in Bartlett.

Iswanto Soerjanto has been working for more than two decades as an advertising photographer but is seeking to find other forms of photography. As an experienced photographer he makes high-quality photos. His interest in the history of photography and techniques lead him to experiment with the medium, stepping outside the traditional boundary of the modern digital camera.

His newest artworks are called ‘Chemigram’ and due to absent of physical or digital negatives, are all unique pieces; there is no possibility to reproduce or reprint the photos.

The exhibition is on view through September 9, 2018 at Mizuma Gallery, 22 Lock Road #01-34- Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108939.

For details, visit: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide/mizuma-gallery/overview

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.

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