Alecia Neo

b. 1986, Singapore
Lives and works in Singapore

Alecia Neo often explores ideas of transformation and perception through relationships between people and their living spaces, reflecting on how our identity is embedded in our possessions and homes. Working primarily with photography, video and installation, she produces bodies of portraits involving a variety of individuals, overlooked communities and their spaces.

Alecia is the co-founder of ‘Brack’, an art collective and platform for socially engaged art, and the Ubah Rumah Residency in Bintan. She also runs ‘Unseen Art Initiatives’, a Singapore-based art platform for professional and emerging disabled artists. Alecia was the recipient of the Young Artist Award in 2016.

Her series of portraits, ‘Home Visits’ received an Honorable Mention in the 2009 Berenice Abbott Prize. ‘Home Visits’ has also been exhibited at Valentine Willie Fine Art (Singapore), the 2nd Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF), the International Orange Festival (China) and University of Bangkok (Thailand). She has received the Gold Award for Narrative Photography from Crowbar Awards (Singapore) and has been invited to contribute artwork to established publications such as WERK Magazine (COMME des GARÇONS), NUYOU (Singapore) and Female Magazine (Singapore).

Her debut site-specific project ‘Villa Alicia’ (2011) investigated the fragility of memory, through the transformation of the 4000ft2 private home of the late Singaporean feminist Dr Nalla Tan, into a public gallery, which was demolished shortly after the six day exhibition. In 2012, she was commissioned to create an installation ‘Goddess of Mercy’ for the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2012: ‘Art and Faith’. She also completed an art residency at Cittadellarte’s Università delle Idee in Italy, which operates with the agenda of art for social transformation.

Biography information from M1 Singapore Fringe Festival and courtesy of the artist, April 2023

Country: Singapore
Social Media: @alecianeo