Mintio is a lens-based visual artist. She graduated from NTU School of Art, Design and Media in 2009. With her practice, she is interested in condensing space and time through the processes of layering images. Mintio focuses on the use of optics and analog techniques in constructing her work. She sees her processes with analog techniques, especially with her use of film photography, to be performative and meditative. In this age where our day to day life is bombarded with the influx of digital media and images, Mintio encourages viewers to encounter time, with means outside of the digital world, as an alternative experience to reality. Mintio has presented her works in solo exhibitions at NUS Museum, Biblioteca de México “Jose Vasconcelos” and with THEO Arts Professionals. She has also participated in the Noorderlicht Photofestival and Asian Triennial Manchester, and exhibitions with the Hangaram Art Museum, Singapore Art Museum and National Museum of Singapore. Her works has been published by Phaidon, WERK (in collaboration with Comme Des Garcons) and Laurence King Publishing. In 2012, Mintio was commissioned to create public art for Orchard Station along Thomson Line in the LTA Arts in Transit Program. Mintio is also the Director of Ketemu Project—an art organisation and social enterprise with a focus in arts for social engagement. She currently lives between Singapore and Indonesia.
(Solace for the Heart)
“Kau penghibur hati-lara” (you are solace for my painful heart) is a line from a lullaby that Fauziah, the female protagonist in Darah Muda, sings to her baby daughter. The arrival of her fugitive brother and his actions lead to Fauziah’s separation from her husband and child. The artwork takes the form of a site-specific photographic installation responding to the longing experienced in a parent-child separation. Mintio conveys this sense of yearning through a series of portraits with parent-child couplings captured in moments of reunification. The site of the installation adds weight to the location as a place for reunions: in the film, the location is the park by the sea where Fauziah incognito spends brief moments with her daughter; different sites of separation and meeting currently occupy the site—the airport that sits on reclaimed land and the prison complexes to the west.