Where theatre collapses is the place where “rehearsal” starts. “Rehearsal” is not a formal performance. Repeatable and likened to an ephemeral experiment, it can turn any social space into a theatre and vice versa. During practice, the theatre is no longer the domain of seeing and being seen, or a performance space that excludes real life reality. It is rather a space subjected to constant self-immersing, interruption and deconstruction. Rehearsing finds itself in the crossroads between the onstage and offstage, theatre and real life. This panoramic artwork depicts traditional dancers across various cultures practicing along the back lanes of cultural districts in the city. Reflecting on the rigorous and intense training behind the performance, Choo seeks to bring out the consistent determination of the performers. The emphasis here is on the process rather than on the final outcome.
Sarah Choo Jing (b. 1990, Singapore) is known for her interdisciplinary approach to photography, video and installation. Her work depicts identifiable moments and characters within contemporary urban society suggesting a plethora of private and often solitary narratives. The artist is concerned with the gaze of the flaneur, voyeurism and the uncanny. Choo lives and works in Singapore. She recently completed her MFA at the Slade School of Art in London last summer 2015. Choo has clinched the Gold Award in the 2016 PX3 Prix de la Photographie, Fine Art Category and been awarded First Place in the 2015 Moscow International Foto Awards. She was shortlisted as a Finalist in the Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2014 and was awarded the ICON De Martell Cordon Bleu Photography Award and Kwek Leng Joo Prize of Excellence in Still Photography Award in 2013. The artist has since exhibited internationally at The Busan Museum of Art in Korea, the Daegu Photo Biennale in Korea, ArtParis at The Grand Palais in Paris, the START Art Fair at The Saatchi Gallery in London, Photo London 2015 at The Somerset House in London, and The Santa Fe International New Media Festival in New Mexico, USA. Her works are collected by both private individuals and public institutions; including the Singapore Art Museum, National Museum of Singapore and The Arts Club Permanent Art Collection in London. Choo has recently clinched the ICON De Martell Cordon Bleu Photography Award 2013 and Kwek Leng Joo Prize of Excellence in Still Photography Award. She has since represented Singapore at Cinema Total, organized by Collegium Hungaricum, Berlin, The Santa Fe International New Media Festival in New Mexico, USA and Nordart 2013- a contemporary art fair in Germany, Europe. A recipient of the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal Award, Choo has been awarded The Photographer of The Year in the Fine Art Photography category at the 4th International Pollux Awards, USA. In 2012, she was a Finalist for the 3rd edition Julia Margaret Cameron Award, at The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards in Europe. That summer, she received several Honorable Mentions at the International Photography Awards. The artist has since exhibited locally and internationally at venues such as: The Pingyao Photography Festival (China), Nordart 2013 (Germany), Photographies L’ailleurs, PIASA (Paris), The Harper’s Bazaar Art Fair (Jakarta), Marsio Fine Art (Jakarta) and the Nancy Victor Gallery (UK), Galerie Sogan and Art (Singapore), The Wilgus Gallery (USA).