Day 2Thursday 29 July 2021, 16:30
Homesickness is an obscure human experience that resides between two different worlds. To Be With You Even For A Little While is an extension of two previous works, Akar (2020) and The Blue People (2017), which hopes to explore memory, loss and kinship through image-making. Working with the idea of a loss, To Be With You Even For A Little While explore quiet moments of intimacy and grief. Since homesickness is often tied to the loss of home, this project wishes to expand this notion outside of the physical space and explore a more innate source of such sense of yearning and grief. As such, on top of the video presentation where I will introduce this project, along with Akar and The Blue People, I will like to invite the Forum participants in an exercise that hope to probe their own ideas of home, homesickness and grief, and find a commonality in the differing narratives in hopes to find a sense of universal comfort.
Fitri Ya'akob (b.1996) is constantly exploring the philosophical nuances in human relationships and the way they intermingle and influence space and time, as a way of understanding her relationships and her social environment. Reflections of her personal narratives imbued with elements of spirituality and carnal human emotions, her works are commentaries of the different circumstances where she expounds on the duality and sometimes hypocrisy of certain ideologies and theories that have been made palatable. Fitri graduated from the School of Arts, Design and Media from Nanyang Technological University with a BFA in Photography and Digital Imaging. She is also the recipient of the Kwek Leng Joo Prize of Excellence in 2019. Her works have been exhibited locally, and also at the 2019 edition of the Pingyao International Photography Festivalin Pingyao, China.