In the Off-frame Spaces of “With You Here Between: Defamiliarizations”
By Louis Ho
The Curator Open Call program by Objectifs, a space focused on photography and the moving image, produces an annual exhibition that “encourages innovative curatorial approaches to lens-based art.” The results have been decidedly mixed thus far, with previous shows a hit-or-miss affair. The latest project, “With You Here Between: Defamiliarizations,” curated by Elaine Thanya Marie Teo and Tekad Kolektif, features a roster of emerging local artists, and presented the most aesthetically effective exhibition to date. Its conceptual pivot was the idea of the liminal and its motifs—the spaces and objects that reify instinctual desires and emotional textures.