Jermine Chua (b. 1998 Singapore) specialises in art direction, still and moving image within fashion, art and design. She started out in traditinal photography and gradually branched out into other areas of interests such as film and experiential design. The breadth of mediums allows her to expand into different aspects of sensorial experience including sound, vision and touch. Her practice is characterised by her sensitivity and curiosity for the world. Jermine’s works tend to be humanistically and emotionally driven, she aims to translate her reseacrh into poetic yet contemporary expericiences.
Dior Photography and visuel arts award for young talents will present “Word of mouth”, a series that features 9 individuals given the same set of random yet curated words. They are to share the first word that comes to mind. Filmed from both back and front, “word of mouth” juxtaposes and studies one’s body language with one’s facial expressions. Initially inspired by the game, chinese whispers, “Word of mouth” the power of language and how words have differing associations to each individual. It aims to explore the nature of how peaple reat and interact with the spaces they are placed in and how that reflects today’s zeigeist.
The House of Dior and artists have always had strong ties, as shown by its history of friendships and long-term collaborations. Photography holds a very special place in this history, thanks to the “Dior Prize for Photography and Visual Arts for Young Talents” created in 2018 in partnership with Luma Arles and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Photographie d’Arles. This event, initiated by Parfums Christian Dior, celebrates its taste for boldness and discovery, and is intended as a crossroads for exchanges and encounters with the young talents of tomorrow. For the first time as a partner of Offscreen, Dior would like to highlight the video “Word of mouth” by the young artist Jermine Chua, winner of the special mention of the 6th edition 2023 of the “Prix Dior de la photographie et des Arts visuels pour Jeunes Talents”.