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A Self I Once Knew
Fitri Ya’akob and Rifdi bin Rosly


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10th edition of Kwek Leng Joo Prize of Excellence in Photography 2019 by Fitri Ya’akob and Rifdi bin Rosly

The concept of one’s self exists within a state of flux, ever changing. One’s understanding of themselves is often fleeting, tugging between two polar definitions: a self defined intrinsically by the individual, and the self that is prescribed externally by social constructs and ideological beliefs.

Through examining the temporality of the self, Fitri Ya’akob and Rifdi bin Rosly explore their own identities, questioning the means by which identities are accessed, remembered and eventually rewritten. Presented through the recording eye of the camera, these are the selves that will eventually be forgotten; A Self I Once Knew.

Fitri Ya’akob (b.1996, Singapore) is constantly exploring the philosophical nuances in relationships and societies as a way of understanding her social environment. Her works are commentaries of the different circumstances where she expounds on the duality and sometimes hypocrisy of certain ideologies and theories that have been made palatable. She hopes to probe her audience to question the validity of their situations and if so, should they be satisfied enough to settle or should they move forward.
Fitri graduated from Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media with a BFA(Hons) in Photogrpahy and Digital Imaging. Her works have been exhibited locally, and most recently at the 2019 edition of the Pingyao International Photography Festival in Pingyao, China. She is a recipient of the Kwek Leng Joo Prize of Excellence in Photography 2019.

Rifdi bin Rosly (b. 1994, Singapore) is fixated on exploring the construct of self-identity and its reliance on a social existence for individuality to exist. Using the medium of image making, his works seek to explore his relation to—and often, struggle with—the social structures that he has inherited. Rifdi graduated Valedictorian of his class with a BFA(Hons) in Photography and Digital Imaging at Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media. He is a recipient of the Kwek Leng Joo Prize of Excellence in Photography 2019.

Event Information

Date
14 July 2020 –
7 August 2020
Venue
DECK Gallery 1 & 2
120A Prinsep Street
Singapore, 187937 Singapore