Charmaine Poh (b.1990) is a Chinese-Singaporean artist. Her practice combines photography with research, text, video, and installation, focusing on issues of memory, gender, youth, and solitude in the Asian context. Often working with the form of narrative portraiture, she considers the performance of self and the layers of identity we build. She works with communities in a collaborative process that holds space for introspection, intimacy, and sharing. She is interested in the stories that make us who we are. 

She has showcased her work through platforms such as M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, the Singapore International Photography Festival, Objectifs Centre for Photography and Filmmaking, The Taipei Arts Festival, Photoville, and The New York Times. Her work has been supported by institutions such as the National Arts Council (Singapore), Exactly Foundation, and the Global Gender Parity Initiative. She graduated from Tufts University with an B.A. in International Relations, and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Visual and Media Anthropology at the Freie Universität Berlin. 


Education
2019 M.A. Visual and Media Anthropology, Freie Universitat, Berlin (expected)
2013 B.A. International Relations, Tufts University, Boston

Experience
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 nominee
2017 Abigail Cohen Fellowship nominee
2017 Women Photograph mentee
2017 Women Photograph Workshop at Photoville
2017 New York Portfolio Review
2017 VII Masterclass, Berlin
2016 National Arts Council Capability Development grant, Singapore
2016 Angkor Photo Workshop, Cambodia
2014 Noise Singapore Award

Features
2018 WePresent - How She Loves
2018 PHMuseum - On Womanhood
2018 Singapore Art Book Fair - 21 Creatives - Interview
2018 Arthop - Interview
2018 Channel News Asia - Interview
2017 Rice Media - Filipino Domestic Helpers at Christmas
2017 The A List - Ladies First
2017 The Straits Times - A Walk In Their Shoes - Interview
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 Rice Media - The Last Days of Singapore's First Maids
2017 Female Magazine - September Print Issue - Marc Jacobs Editorial
2017 Female Magazine - Interview 
2017 Invisible Photographer Asia - Instagram Takeover
2017 The Business Times - Interview
2017 Invisible Photographer Asia - Close Enough
2016 Nope Fun - Interview

Exhibitions/Showcases
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

Teaching and Speaking
2018 Lens of the Past, My Community @ Queenstown
2018 Panel speaker, Women in Photography Slideshow Q&A, Objectifs Centre for Photography and Filmmaking
2018 Guest speaker, Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design, and Media, BFA Photography students
2018 Speaker, How She Loves artist talks, Exactly Foundation 
2018 Speaker, All in Her Day's Work artist talks, NAFA and LASALLE students
2017 Instructor, Junior Youth Shooting Home, Objectifs, Singapore
2013-2017 Instructor, Clicking Together, India

Writing
2018 Essay: Final Call, Patrick van Dam (Forthcoming)
2017 Article: Between Two Homes: Stories of Dakota Crescent
2017 Poem: Inheritance: An Anthology - Math Paper Press
2016 Essay: The Carpark - Shuye Woon (Forthcoming)
2016 Article: Nicole Tung: Conflict, Photography, and Vocation - Invisible Photographer Asia
2016 Essay: Suddenly The Grass is Greener - Towards Arcadia - Kevin WY Lee
2015 Essay: On Land: Photography and the City-state of Singapore - Invisible Photographer Asia
2015 Poem: Somewhere Only I Know - Donna Chiu - Invisible Photographer Asia
2015 Opinion: Singapore's General Elections - Invisible Photographer Asia
2014 Article: Gambling Addiction in Singapore - UCA News


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