I Must, Be in A Good Place Now

30 Jun 2023 06.00 PM - 07.00 PM Alumni, Current Students, Industry/Academic Partners, Prospective Students, Public

I Must, Be in A Good Place Now features two bodies of works unpacking themes of vulnerability, intimacy, and identity. Joshua Kon and Vanoha Chiam revisit concepts and explorations surrounding the body to uncover a renewed understanding of their practice and sense of self.


Rarely Touched Often Held is an honest documentation of intimacy and self-pleasure. Kon is joined by his coterie on a personal and platonic journey to negotiate their sexual curiosity. Through snapshots and staged photographs, Kon pens an almost self-indulgent love letter to their friendships and self-discovery since boyhood.


Last Night I Dreamt I Was Clean Again is an attempt to come to terms with events of Chiam's past that shaped her own view of her body. The work explores the relationship that the artist has with her body, both its physical and emotional realms. The work displays a powerful and moving exploration of the human experience while offering a glimpse into the artist's journey of healing and self-acceptance.


Opening Night : 3 June 2023, 7pm - 9pm
Starch, 81 Tagore Lane 02-11, Singapore 787502
Exhibition runs from 3 to 17 June 2023

Open from Wednesdays to Sundays, 1pm to 7pm

Kon Fu Shan Joshua(b. 1997, Singapore) enjoys exploring how established systems of power can shape the world at an intimate level. An ongoing topic of interest for him is Singapore’s Sexuality Education curriculum. His approach includes satire and humor to expose flaws and limitations, and to reveal to audiences that nothing is truly unquestionable. Joshua graduated from Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Art (Photography). He has participated inFor the House; Against the House by OH! Open House during Singapore Art Week 2023 and DECK Photography Art Center Undescribed 2023.


Vanoha Chiam (b. 1996, Singapore) adopts a multi-disciplinary approach, presenting images together with video projects. Her artistic practice studies the relationship between body and the self, womanhood and vulnerability. Often intervening in works personally, she creates emotionally charged images that are raw and impressionistic, fueled by personal experiences, as she acts as both artist and muse.


The Kwek Leng Joo Prize of Excellence in Photography was initiated in 2009 by the late Mr Kwek Leng Joo. The award was established to recognise photographic excellence among students at Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media. Every year, two outstanding graduates are selected by a panel based on their portfolio, proposal, and potential. Each graduate is awarded SGD$25,000 to support and kickstart their artistic career. I Must, Be in A Good Place Now is the 13th edition of the annual recipients showcase to celebrate the award and the milestone for the artists.