Charmaine Poh (b.1990) is a Chinese-Singaporean artist and writer based between Singapore and Berlin.

Her image-making practice employs ethnographic methods, focusing on issues of memory, gender, youth, and solitude in the Asian context. Often working with portraiture, she considers the performance of self and the layers of identity we build.

Her work has been supported by the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, the Singapore International Photography Festival, Objectifs Centre for Photography and Filmmaking, The Taipei Arts Festival, The International Center of Photography, Photoville, WeTransfer, Channel News Asia, and The New York Times. In 2019, she was recognised as one of Forbes Asia 30 under 30 - The Arts.

She graduated from Tufts University with an B.A. in International Relations, and the Freie Universität Berlin with an M.A. in Visual and Media Anthropology.


Exhibitions and Showcases
2019 How She Loves, Parallax by Authority Collective, Photoville NYC, New York, USA
2019 How She Loves, Exactly Foundation residency showcase, Objectifs, Singapore
2019 How She Loves, Parallax by Authority Collective, Instagram HQ, New York, USA
2019 Room, Curator's Lab, Jakarta International Photo Festival
2019 The Liminal, Queer Asia, The British Museum and Paul Webley Wing, SOAS University of London, UK
2019 How She Loves, Annenberg Space for Photography, Parallax by Authority Collective, Photoville LA, Los Angeles, USA
2019 How She Loves, &PROUD Film Festival, Yangon, Myanmar
2019 Home(work), National Design Centre, Singapore Art Week, Singapore
2019 How She Loves, Projected, International Center of Photography, New York, USA
2018 Room, Women in Photography, Objectifs Centre for Photography and Filmmaking, Singapore
2018 Room, Singapore International Photography Festival, Singapore
2018 Ma Jie, College of Alice and Peter Student Symposium, National University of Singapore, Singapore
2018 Learning to Leave, No Place Like Home, Gulf Photo Plus, Dubai
2018 Pretty Butch, Taipei Arts Festival, Taiwan
2018 Room, International Photo Festival Leiden, The Netherlands
2018 All In Her Day's Work, M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, ION Art Gallery, Singapore
2017 Room, Laatikkomo, Finland
2017 Room, Photoville, New York, USA
2016 Pop-up Noise: Soul-Searching, Kreta Ayer Square, Singapore
2016 Girl Gang, Artistry, Singapore
2016 A Good Woman, Human Rights Human Dignity Film Festival, Yangon, Myanmar
2016 Room, If Home was a Word for Illusion, The Substation, Singapore
2016 This is Home, Brack x Matt3r, Queenstown, Singapore
2015 Learning to Leave, Pop-Up Noise, Raffles City, Singapore
2015 Prologue, No Other City, Shooting Home Reunion Show, Artistry, Singapore
2014 Noise Singapore TAP Exhibition, SAM at 8Q, Singapore
2013 Wealthy in Bangladesh, Tufts University Slater Gallery, Boston, USA
2012 Life Along Yangon River, Burma in Transition, Tufts University Slater Gallery, Boston, USA
2012 Undocumented Immigrants, WY Gallery, Boston, USA

Interviews and Press
2019 Cuntemporary - The Liminal in Queer Asia
2019 Seenthesis: Visual Literacy Through Singapore Photography
2018 WePresent - How She Loves
2018 PHMuseum - On Womanhood
2018 Singapore Art Book Fair - 21 Creatives
2018 Arthop
2018 Channel News Asia
2017 The A List - Ladies First
2017 The Straits Times - A Walk In Their Shoes
2017 Missy Magazine - December Print Issue - Close Enough
2017 New York Times - Lens - Emergicubes at Photoville
2017 New York Times - Lens - Room
2017 Fisheye Magazine - Room
2017 Female Magazine
2017 Invisible Photographer Asia - Instagram Takeover
2017 The Business Times
2016 Nope Fun - Interview

Recognition
2019 GlogauAIR Berlin artist-in-residence
2019 Cleo Change Makers
2019 World Press Photo 6x6 Global Talent nominee
2019 Forbes Asia 30 under 30 - The Arts
2019 Kuala Lumpur International Photo Awards Co-Judge
2019 Singapore Art Week commissioned artist for Home(work)
2019 New York Portfolio Review selected participant
2019 National Arts Council Capability Development grant
2019 PROMOS Scholarship recipient
2019 Freie Universität Berlin Social Media Fund recipient
2018 Women Photograph: 2018 in Pictures
2018 Awesome Foundation Singapore grantee
2018 World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass nominee
2018 New America Global Gender Parity Initiative grantee
2018 Exactly Foundation artist-in-residence
2018 M1 Singapore Fringe Festival commissioned artist
2017 PDN 30 Emerging Photographers nominee
2017 Magnum Foundation Fund nominee
2017 World Press Photo 6x6 Global Talent nominee
2017 Abigail Cohen Fellowship nominee
2017 Women Photograph mentee
2017 Women Photograph Workshop at Photoville
2017 New York Portfolio Review selected participant
2017 VII Masterclass, Berlin
2016 National Arts Council Capability Development grant
2016 Angkor Photo Workshop, Cambodia
2014 Noise Singapore Award

Teaching and Speaking
2019 Panel speaker, Pride and Less Prejudice, Pinkfest, The Straits Clan, Singapore
2019 Panel speaker, Platform, Objectifs Centre for Photography and Filmmaking, Singapore
2019 Guest speaker, Kuala Lumpur Photo Awards sharing session, The KL Journal Hotel, KL, Malaysia
2019 Guest speaker, Jurong West Secondary School, Singapore
2018 Lens of the Past, My Community @ Queenstown, Singapore
2018 Panel speaker, Institute of Policy Studies Roundtable on the Arts, Singapore
2018 Panel speaker, Women in Photography Slideshow Q&A, Objectifs Centre for Photography and Filmmaking, Singapore
2018 Guest speaker, Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design, and Media, BFA Photography students, Singapore
2018 Speaker, Singapore International Photography Festival artist talk, Singapore
2018 Speaker, How She Loves artist talk, Exactly Foundation, Singapore
2018 Speaker, All in Her Day's Work artist talk, NAFA and LASALLE students, Singapore
2017 Instructor, Junior Youth Shooting Home, Objectifs, Singapore
2013-2017 Instructor, Clicking Together, Chennai and Ambala, India

Using Format