Charmaine Poh

b. 1990, Singapore

Charmaine Poh is an artist who works across photography, film, media, and performance to navigate questions of the gendered body, queer world making, performed labor of the everyday, and the intersection of offline and online worlds. Evolving her art practice with the everchanging landscape of digital technologies, Poh’s work expands the potentialities of the body to imagine new perspectives of gender and social equality even for the near techno-future. 

Initially Poh’s practice focused on using experimental documentary photography to explore narratives of Asian feminist and queer experiences that often lie in the margins. From 2021, she has embarked on a project entitled THE YOUNG BODY UNIVERSE, which employs AI to create a deepfake avatar of her past self based on found footages of herself as a child actor in a Singaporean TV series in the early2000s, in order to reclaim her agency from the public gaze, scrutiny, and even harassment that once befell her.

Poh is a participating artist in the 60th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, “Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere” curated by Adriano Pedrosa.Her works have been exhibited at Tate Modern (London, 2020), International Center of Photography (New York, 2019), Leslie Lohman Museum (New York, 2023), Singapore Art Museum (Singapore, 2023), Goethe Institut (Singapore, 2022), ArtScience Museum (Singapore, 2020),  National Design Center (Singapore, 2019), Venice Architecture Biennale (Venice, 2021), Photoville (New York, 2017, 2019; Los Angeles, 2019), Queer East Festival (London, 2024), International Film Festival Leiden (Leiden, 2018), Singapore International Photography Festival (Singapore, 2018 & 2020), and Taipei Arts Festival (2018), among others.

Poh currently lives and works between Berlin and Singapore.