Eiffel Chong graduated with an MA in International Contemporary Art and Design Practice from the University of East London and a BA (Hons) in Photography from London College of Printing. He is an award-winning photographer and has been featured in many exhibitions in Malaysia and around the world.
He recently won the 2nd Prize in Category D for the Nikon Photo Contest 2014-2015, Japan. He is also one of the finalists for the Asia-Pacific Photobook Award 2015, Australia and Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2014, Hong Kong and he has been nominated twice for the Prix Pictet. The exhibitions that he is involved are ‘After Image: Contemporary Photography From Southeast Asia’, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore; ‘Others & Me: Contemporary Photography Exhibition’, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE; and ‘Malaysian Eye’, Whitebox Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Besides his production of photographic work, Chong is highly engaged with the Malaysian photographic community; taking on the role of mentor for the Goethe Institut Malaysia/Nikon Shooting Stars programme and Exposure+ Workshop. In addition, he has been appointed to the panel of judges for the Kuala Lumpur Photography Awards 2013 and 2016.
Feels Like Paper Cut
These photographs taken in Malaysia are symbols of the failure of progression I feel in this beloved country of mine. Back in the 70s, Malaysia used to have a higher GDP than Taiwan and South Korea. Today, both countries have since progressed and left Malaysia behind. Feels Like Paper Cut is a visual project on documenting the sign of failure of this country. I started noticing these signs back in 2013. As time passed, these signs become bolder, almost screaming at me.