Jack YONG

About The Artist

Jack Yong (b. 1994) is a Malaysia-based photographer whose works are motivated by his interest in the observation of science and technology, and our interactions with them within contemporary environments. His works have been exhibited internationally, including Italy, Japan, U.K. and Singapore. He was selected as the Merit Winner at the NTU IPA Singapore in 2017, and was shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Awards. Yong was the Gold Winner at the Tokyo International Foto Awards 2018 and a recipient of the Top 100 Winner by Magenta Foundation Flash Forward 2018, Canada. In 2019, he was a nominee for the Joop Swart Masterclass by World Press Photo.

Jack YONG

"By accessing several space facilities in Malaysia, I’ve garnered photographs that reminds us not just of the representation of these machines and landscapes as functional objects - but an extensive re-interpretation of “space” on Earth."

Space Project 2088 (1/8)

Space Project 2088 (1/8)

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Space Project 2088 (2/8)

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Space Project 2088 (3/8)

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Space Project 2088 (4/8)

Space Project 2088 (5/8)

Space Project 2088 (5/8)

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Space Project 2088 (6/8)

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Space Project 2088 (7/8)

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Space Project 2088 (8/8)

About The Artwork

Space Project 2088

Digital photography on archival pigment print on photo paper

Space Project 2088 depicts scenes of the space sector in Malaysia. The project’s initiative is guided by Wawasan 2020 (Vision 2020), introduced by the fourth and seventh Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad, in 1991: among the nine strategic challenges outlined, the sixth challenge was focused on establishing a progressive society based on innovation and science, one that is not only a consumer of technology but also a contributor to scientific and technological advancement. In response to the challenge, the work looks at Malaysia’s space development, propelled by research and projects such as the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), HAB (High Altitude Balloon), CubeSat, CanSat, VLM (Vaporised Liquid Microthrusters) and Rocket systems. As the artist acknowledges, “These efforts propagate and accelerate the space sector by introducing applications that are cost efficient and economically viable, with a minimal carbon footprint and are sustainable for the planet. By accessing several space facilities in Malaysia, I’ve garnered photographs that remind us not just of the representation of these machines and landscapes as functional objects, but serve as an extensive re-interpretation of “space” on Earth.”

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