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.

2021

  • An essay about Jemima's photography practice is included in Performance in an Age of Precarity by Maddy Costa and Andy Field, to be published by Bloomsbury in Spring 2021.

Photographed:

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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