Sit Weng San is a Singaporean who works primarily with still and moving images, complementing them with text, archival materials, and other media as the project dictates. She has a BA in Economics and worked for almost a decade in a maintenance chemical company, making her especially competent in stain removal and rust prevention in shipyards and other industries. That experience has led her to begin in her practice investigations into systems and power structures that create the dissonance between inattentive, homogeneous representations of marginalized bodies, versus the reality of complex and multi-faceted identities; often the foundation and reinforcer of deeply entrenched inequalities.
Often a response to her own experiences or of those around her, her projects have focused on ways in which bodies that are colonized, colored, fat, differently-abled, aging, economically disfranchised and/or gendered exist with complexities that defy definition, and have always been sites of resistance and resilience. Often by providing a space to see things as they are, she attempts to open up questions and challenge these mythologies through the continuous search for the ‘Third Space’, where meanings and symbols cease to exist in fixity, and can be appropriated, translated, rehistoricized, and read anew.
Recently, she has been working on ‘Routines as Repertoire’, a project that uses photography and videos to explore routines that women incorporate into their lives as their bodies go through transformation or challenges, visible or not. The project attempts to share the experiences of illnesses, disabilities, aging, motherhood, and gender transitioning in all their complexities, expanding beyond the tragic or heroic polarities through the portrayal of resilience, vulnerabilities, humor, labor, banality, and frustrations, etc
Weng San graduated with an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and is also an educator, a newbie gardener and an aspiring lifelong learner currently based between Los Angeles and Singapore.