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 within the Malay World, he surveys, unravels and weaves the complexities and multiplicities of how humans consume and depict it, employing a research-based methodology with facts and fiction, and the past and present. His practice constantly expands beyond the photographic, recently utilising AI and ML methods and frameworks, questioning the role of photography in today’s landscape.
He is a recent graduate at the Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design Media with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts with a specialisation in photography. He has shown his works in galleries across Singapore such as DECK and Objectifs and is currently pursuing to expand his artistic practice and presence to an international audience. For his work and excellence, he was awarded the Kwek Leng Joo Prize of Excellence in Photography 2021.
2017 to 2021 — BFA in Media Arts (Photography and Digital Imaging), NTU School of Art, Design and Media.
2021 — Kwek Leng Joo Prize of Excellence in Photography Award
2020 — Singapore Youth Photography Awards, Finalist
2021 — The Makeable Mind, Noordelicht Festival, Netherlands
2021 — The Blind Men And The Elephant, Gillman Barracks
2021 — On/Off Film Screening, The Projector
2021 — Shooting Home Youth Awards, Objectifs Centre
2020 — Sensitivities, Practice Practice SG
2020 — Bearings, ADM Gallery
2019 — A State Of Affairs, DECK
2021 — BeFantastic Together Fellowship
2021 — On Migraton, Flaneur In The Insular Cities Residency, Jalan Besar Salon
2021 — Shooting Home Youth Award, Objectifs Centre
2021 — On/Off Film Screening Artist Talk, The Projector
2021 — “Singapore through the eyes of Gen Z” , The A-List
2021 — “Young photographers showcase projects on the idea of home”, The New Paper
2021 — “Shooting home: What ‘home’ means to these young photographers”, The Straits Times