2008

Joel Yuen
Foreign Workers of Singapore


Very often, we go about our lives preoccupied with our occupations, families and other matters. Sometimes, we become unconsciously oblivious and apathetic to our surroundings and people around us. For example, we have an inclination not to take notice and appreciate the work of migrant workers.
Joel Yuen takes this opportunity to highlight their usefulness and contributions to society. The images are outdoors portraits of an honest representation of the nature of their professions and experiences; the long hours of manual labour, the struggles they encounter daily and their tenacious desire to pursue a better future for themselves and their loved ones.

About the Artist
With a digital media arts background, Joel Yuen is currently an adjunct lecturer at Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design & Media. Having a core focus in staged photography in relation to the Contemporary Arts, it is the concept and subject matter that takes precedence. Because of this approach, a distinctive style is evident in all his works. In the International Photography Awards, Joel has been awarded honourable mentions three times. Joel is also a recipient of the Artists and Collectors Exchange Bursaries Award (London), and winner of the 27th UOB Painting Of The Year Competition (Singapore).