Associate Artist Programme (2022/23 Cycle)



Jimmy Ong (b.1964, Singapore)

Jimmy Ong works on objects, installations as well as relational work about minority communities. Based in Yogyakarta and Singapore, he graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, USA in 1992. His early work involves highly personal inquiries into bodily representation and queer(ed) identities. In 2015, Ong began developing a body of work examining the figure of Raffles across Singaporean and Javanese histories. Ong’s interest in the figure of Raffles has since unspooled as drawings, installations, videos, and performances.

He has exhibited extensively locally and internationally, such as Gallery 456 in New York (USA), National Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Asian Civilisation Museum (Singapore) and Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York (USA). Ong’s works are in the permanent collections of NUS Museum, National Gallery Singapore and Deutsche Bank AG, amongst other private and corporate collections.

Jimmy Ong, together with his research-collaborator, Kelvin Soh, will facilitate test kitchens that situate bakeries past and present to relate with each other around Singapore's colonial history.

Kelvin Soh (b.1980, Singapore)

Kelvin Soh is a visual communications graduate from Birmingham University who has recently taken an interest in social relational work with children from marginalised sectors.

Jimmy Ong met Kelvin Soh at the Tak Takut Kids Club during the pandemic, where he ran cooking workshops for children. Jimmy was interested in Kelvin’s ground-up method of researching domestic gardens in Boon Lay where Kelvin related with the residents and their renegade plots on public grounds.

Kelvin comes from a Hainanese family of bakers. In 2013-2015, he ran a cafe, Dong Po Colonial Cafe with his father on Kandahar Street featuring his family's traditional recipes. He looks forward to connecting food culture and colonial history in a neighbourhood he has grown fond of. 

Associate Artist Programme
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