Syahrul Anuar (b. 1995, Singapore) is an artist and cultural worker whose practice moves tangential to the interests of merantau (migration), owing to his family’s diaspora within the Nusantara (Malay World). Intrigued by the narratives and histories of the Malay World and how humans have meandered it, he surveys and unravels its complex multiplicities through a research-based practice that would often weave fact and fiction, past and present, the real and the digital.

His practice has been continually expanding beyond the traditional photographic medium, utilising Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Computer Graphics and recently Smart Contracts. They act as both methods and frameworks into reframing and reconfiguring photography in a complex and dynamic 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 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 China, 2022
  • ICADE Online Exhibition, Tsinghua University — Xiamen China, 2021
  • The Natural History of An Island: Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival — China, 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

  • Shaking Land and Water: Artist Talk - Jendela Visual Arts, Esplanade — September, 2022
  • How We Learn(t): Artist Sharing - Gillman Barracks — June, 2022
  • 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

Residencies & Workshops

  • Dblspace Studio Residency, Peninsula Shopping Centre — Oct, 2022
  • BeFantastic Together Fellowship, June — September, 2021
  • Workshopables: "Counter Cartographies: A Road Is (Not) A Line", Supernormal Space — Singapore, 2021
  • Shooting Home Youth Awards Workshop, Objectifs Centre — Dec 2020 to Jan 2021