Syahrul Anuar (b. 1995, Singapore) is a cultural worker aligning closely to the notions of merantau (migration), owing to his family’s diaspora within the Nusantara (Malay World). Intrigued by the narratives and histories of the Malay World, as well as how humans consume them, he surveys and unravels these complex multiplicities, employing a research-based methodology that weaves fact and fiction, past and present.

His practice has been continually expanding beyond the photographic, utilising Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Computer Graphics. They act as both methods and frameworks into reframing and reconfiguring photography in a complex and dynamic contemporary landscape.

Syahrul is a graduate of the Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design Media with a BFA in Media Art (Photography). For his excellence, he received the Kwek Leng Joo Prize of Excellence in 2021. He has exhibited his works across Singapore, China and the Netherlands. He freelances as a full-stack developer, builder and educator.

Selected Works & Info

Awards

  • Kwek Leng Joo Prize of Excellence in Photography — 2021
  • Singapore Youth Photography Awards (Finalists) — 2021

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts in New Media (Photography), NTU School of Art, Design and Media - 2017-2021

Exhibitions

  • Shaking Land And Water: Jendela Visual Arts, Esplanade, Singapore, 2022
  • How We Learn(t): Kwek Leng Joo Prize of Excellence Presentation, Gillman Barracks Singapore, 2022
  • The Natural History of An Island: Three Shadows Photography Art Center Beijing, 2022
  • ICADE Online Exhibition, Tsinghua University, China, 2021
  • The Natural History of An Island: Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival, Xiamen, 2021
  • The Makeable Mind: Noordelicht Festival, Old Sugar Factory, Groningen, Netherlands, 2021
  • The Blind Men And The Elephant, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 2021
  • On/Off Film Screening, The Projector, Singapore — 2021
  • Shooting Home Youth Award, Objectifs Centre, Singapore — 2021
  • Sensitivities, Practice Practice SG, Singapore — 2020
  • Bearings, ADM Gallery 1, Singapore — 2020
  • State Of Affairs, DECK Singapore — 2019

Artist Talks

  • Counter-Cartographies - A Road Is Not A Line: Workshopables Supernormal Space, Singapore, 2022
  • Flaneur In The Insular Cities, Jalan Besar Salon — March 2021
  • Shooting Home Youth Award, Objectifs Centre — February 2021
  • On/Off Film Screening, The Projector — January 2021

Press & Media

  • Singapore through the eyes of Gen Z, The A-List, 2021
  • Young photographers showcase projects on the idea of home, The New Paper
  • Shooting home: What ‘home’ means to these young photographers, The Straits Times

Residencies & Workshops

  • Dblspace Studio Residency, upcoming
  • BeFantastic Together Fellowship, 2021
  • Workshopables: "Counter Cartographies: A Raod Is (Not) A Line", Supernormal Space, Singapore, 2021
  • Shooting Home Youth Awards, Objectifs , 2020