Jemima Yong (b.1990) makes photographs with the eyes of a performance maker. She is Malaysian, born in Singapore and is based in London, UK. Collaboration, experimentation and time are central to her processes. Typically she photographs artists and performance; outside of the theatre that way of seeing is projected onto performativity in everyday life. She is a member of Documentation Action Research Collective and an associate of Forest Fringe.

2022

  • Makes portraits for the London, Deptford iteration of the public art installation You Heard Us, a companion piece to the live performance You Heard Me by Luca Rutherford.
  • Delivers a workshop on "Image making as extension of performance making" with MA Dance and Creative Enterprise students at Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD)
  • Delivers a workshop on "Creating performance imagery, context and social media" to BA Year 2 students at NSCD.
  • Mentors undergraduate students of the Experimental Arts and Performance course at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Photographed: 

  • UEFA Women's Euro 2022, Arts and Culture progamme
  • Another Route Fellowship
  • wordcolour
  • ThisEgg
  • Society of London Theatre (SOLT)
  • Free Books Campaign


2021

  • An essay about Jemima's photography practice is included in Performance in an Age of Precarity by Maddy Costa and Andy Field, published by Bloomsbury in Spring 2021.
  • Jemima's production photographs of Figs in WigsLittle Wimmin are included in the play text, which is published by Salamander Street. 
  • The Field film which was made with the support of a bursary from Grain Projects is included in the group exhibition Covid19: A Year Lived at FORMAT Festival 2021.
  • A selection of photographs and the film from Field are acquired by the Museum of London (MoL). The photographs are published in the book London in Lockdown, written by Jilke Golbach (curator of photographs at MoL) and published by Hoxton Mini Press.

Photographed:

  • Sudden Movements gym
  • Hector Dyer
  • Karen Christopher
  • Tara Fatehi Irani
  • TheaterCraft 2021
  • Wordcolour
  • emma + pj
  • Pink Suits 
  • Seke Chimutengwende
  • Independent Arts Projects
  • Curious School of Puppetry
  • Gillian Dyson Moss
  • Baboy Club

2020

  • Script editor on Show Business as Usual by Joseph Mercier and third year students at Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
  • Photo series Field, is made in the Covid-19 lockdown. Featured on BBC News, Time Out, Reckless Magazine, ISO.LATE Zine, Scopio Network, The Dinner Party Reloaded on Lucy Writer's Platform and at The Auckland Festival of Photography through #massisolationFORMAT
  • Is awarded a bursary from GRAIN Projects to develop a performative iteration of Field. The result of this is a 19 minute film of the photographs in sequence alongside a performed text adapted from media headlines, national timelines and personal reflection. 
  • Co-hosts with Andrea Saemann the first Photography & Performance dinner supported by Live Art Development Agency (LADA).
  • Co-creates a response to Tara Fatehi Irani's Mishandled Archive project with Holly Revell and Something Other; Mary PatersonMaddy Costa and Diana Damian Martin which is published in the book Mishandled Archive (published by LADA). Performs an adapted extract at the book launch!
  • Photographs from Jemima's work with Karen Christopher and Sophie Grodin's performance Control Signal are published in The Routledge Companion to Performance Philosophy edited by Alice Lagaay and Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca.

Photographed:

  • Manchester International Festival
  • Siobhan Davies Studios
  • Wordcolour
  • Figs in Wigs
  • Ross Head
  • Karen Christopher
  • Emergency Chorus
  • LAMDA
  • performingborders
  • Andy Field and Beckie Darlington
  • Animal Spirits
  • When Tulle Become Fun

2019

  • Works with Stroud based company Paper Jungle on Three Suns as puppetry dramaturg and photographer
  • Has a conversation with Swiss performance artist, researcher and activist Andrea Saemann about performance and photography, at Live Art Development Agency.
  • Is a visiting lecturer on the MA/MFA Scenography course and the BA Performance Arts course at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
  • Jemima is invited to curate a series of artist profiles for TheatreCraft's social media platforms. The artists profiled are Tian Glasgow, Alicia Britt, Kendell Foster, Sharmila Chauhan and Edie Edmundson.


Photographed:

  • Off West End Awards 2019
  • Tara Fatehi Irani
  • Joseph Morgan Schofield
  • Clean Break and Dismantle This Room for Royal Court Theatre
  • Rhiannon Armstrong's Chill Out Space at Battersea Arts Centre
  • Ballet Soul
  • PINK SUITS
  • Andy Field and Beckie Darlington
  • Figs in Wigs
  • Race Today by New Slang Productions
  • Make Your Admin Noisy As Hell by Tim Cape
  • Shaftesbury Park Primary School
  • Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
  • Circus Circus Circus festival presented by Certain Blacks
  • Bastard Assignments
  • Channing Tatum
  • Rhiannon Armstrong

2018

  • With DARC, leads DIY:15 Transformance supported by Live Art Development Agency and Dance4, Nottingham. 
  • Works on Circus Circus Circus residency with Certain Blacks as photographer and dramaturg at 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space. 
  • Publishes photographs and written contribution in Crowood Theatre Companions: Scenography book by Simon Donger.

Photographed: 

  • Es Morgan
  • Rosanna Cade and Ivor MacAskill 
  • Christopher Brett Bailey
  • PINK SUITS
  • JAMS
  • Jamal Harewood
  • Raze Collective
  • Louise Orwin
  • Royal Central School of Speech and Drama MA Scenography and BA Theatre Practice: Performance Arts
  • Theatre Peckham 
  • FUTURE RITUAL
  • Shaftesbury Park Primary School 


2017


  • Becomes a member of artist led collective DARC (Documentation Action Research Collective)
  • Contributes to MAP 3: 'Archiving Asia' with Alternative Documentation as part of DARC
  • Participates in Forest Fringe's Organisational Development project as an associate artist, Jersey Arts Trust, Jersey
  • Photographs from Jemima's work with Karen Christopher and Sophie Grodin's performance Control Signal are published in Repetition in Performance: Returns and Invisible Forces by  Eirini Kartsaki


Photographed: 

  • New Slang Productions
  • PINK SUITS
  • Barbican Centre
  • Louise Orwin
  • Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
  • ZENDEH
  • FUTURE RITUAL

2016

  • Fragments: solo exhibition of audio recordings and photographs from residencies with Forest Fringe, Somerset House, London, December 2016
  • Worker Portraits 1.0: micro film portraits made in collaboration with Timothy Cape, commissioned by Spitalfields Music, exhibited in Shoreditch Church, London, December 2016
  • Here's the Thing: Audio visual public art installation under Kingston Tunnel, made in collaboration with Timothy Cape and 26 nine year olds. A Kingston is our Canvas commission by International Youth Arts Festival. London, July 2016
  • Political Selfies: a short film made in collaboration with Paniclab, Woolwich Arsenal, London, June 2015

Photographed:

  • L MARKS - JLAB & BMW Innovation Lab 
  • PanicLab

2015

  • Postcard Project: National Library in collaboration with Objectifs, mentored by Deanna Ng, Singapore, March 2015

Photographed:

  • Future of Imagination 10
  • DevFest.Asia - CSS Conf Asia & JS Conf Asia
  • Design Film Festival Singapore
  • The Studios: fifty programme at the Esplanade Theatres


2014

  • Portrait Salon 2014 selection: Four Corners Gallery, London and various
  • The Audience: solo exhibition at Bath Fringe, Old Theatre Royal Bath, Bath

Photographed: 

  • Ellie Stamp
  • To The Moon
  • Haranczak/Navarre
  • Mamoru Iriguchi
  • Tricycle Theatre
  • PanicLab
  • Ridiculusmus
  • Christopher Brett Bailey
  • National Art Service

2013

  • Forest Fringe Photographer in Residence, Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh
  • SPRINT Festival Photographer in Residence, Camden People's Theatre, London

Photographed:

  • St Petersburg International Legal Forum in London
  • Westminster University: Exhibiting Performance Conference
  • LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre)
  • informa: SMART Cities Industry Summit
  • Association of Theatre Sound Designers
  • Trinity Laban
  • NoFit State Circus
  • PanicLab
  • Cabaret Derangium
  • Daniel Somerville
  • Haranczak/Navarre
  • Nenagh Watson
  • Mamoru Iriguchi
  • Made In China
  • Bath Theatre Royal
  • Claudia Jefferies
  • Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium
  • Brother Brother Studios
  • Tom Marshman
  • Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
  • Dirty Market Theatre
  • Silent Opera
  • Tempting Failure
  • ZENDEH

2012

  • Exeunt Magazine's Photographer in Residence 

Photographed: 

  • London Afrobeat Collective
  • House on Fire (Swaziland)
  • BRUNO GLINT Gallery
  • Three's Company 
  • The Rainbow Collectors

2011

  • Trilogy One: Group exhibition, 33% London Commission, Oval House Theatre, London
  • Safe Keeping: Solo exhibition, Bowery Gallery, Leeds
  • Primary 1: Solo exhibition, Jendela Visual Arts Space, Singapore, ** Artist Residency at CHIJ Kellock Primary School
  • My photographs of Madaleine Trigg's Sutre exhibited at:
    * Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, York St Marys, York 17/18th Jan 2013
    * Critical Costume Symposium (which included an exhibition), Edge Hill university June 2011
    * Prague Quadrennial: Extreme Costume Exhibition (UK representative) National Gallery, Veletrzni Palace (Prague)

Photographed:

  • Royal Central School of Speech and Drama: Authoring Theatre Conference
  • Nenagh Watson
  • Daniel Somerville
  • Kirsty Harris
  • Madaleine Trigg

Published in:


  • BBC News (UK)
  • The Guardian (UK)
  • The Times (UK)
  • The Sydney Morning Herald (AUS)
  • The Stage (Online)
  • Time Out London (UK)
  • The Straits Times (Singapore)
  • The New Paper (Singapore)
  • Yorkshire Evening Post (Leeds)
  • Swazi Observer (Swaziland)
  • VICE Motherboard (Online) 
  • TwentySomething London (Online)
  • Londontheatreblog's Theatre in Pictures series (Online) 
  • Culture Push (Online)
  • Exeunt Magazine (Online)
  • OkayAfrica (Online)
  • Puppet Notebook (UK)
  • Designing Sound (Online)
  • Animations Online (Online)
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