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Annotations, an exhibition showcasing student photography

A sequence of four black and white photos. The first image shows an empty street. The second image is a single man walking from left to right at the top frame of the street. The third photo he is at the bottom frame talking to an elderly woman. In the last frame, they are both facing left and pointing in that direction.

Art Takes Over Li Ka Shing Library with a photography exhibition by students


SMU Libraries are pleased to present the second edition of Annotations, a photography exhibition by 10 undergraduate and postgraduate students. Last year, the students were selected through an open call to participate in a month-long ‘Digital Photography: Visual Diary’ workshop conducted by Objectifs Centre for Photography & Film. Throughout December, they learned the art of visual storytelling and created a photo narrative project.

Together, their narratives weave a rich tapestry of stories, observations, and perspectives that range from expressing the thrill and pain of womanhood, and finding beauty in decay, to observing the lives of strangers on the streets, and documenting the bond shared between pets and their humans at a veterinary clinic. Like notations in the margins, these photo projects reveal an exchange within and between ourselves and our surroundings.

The exhibition is on view till 27 February 2022 and features the photo projects of AJAYKERALA (Lee Kong Chian School of Business, 2021), Andrea Vincent (School of Social Sciences, 2019), Asha Balamurali (School of Social Sciences, 2021), Ma Xuechen (School of Accountancy, 2021), Paul Ma (School of Computing and Information Systems, 2021), Radhe Venkatesan (School of Computing and Information Systems, 2021), Soh Ze Yu (School of Computing and Information Systems, 2018), Tan Hui Yi (School of Social Sciences, 2020), Theodora Ng (Yong Pung How School of Law & School of Social Sciences, 2017), and Yelin Yu (Lee Kong Chian School of Business, 2021).

Image Credit: Tan Hui Yi, Sonder (2021)



Guided walkthrough of Annotations

17 February, Thursday, 12.00 – 12.45 pm

Join us for a guided walkthrough of the exhibition and other artworks at Li Ka Shing Library.

SMU Art Collection Tour

16 February, Wednesday, 11.00 am – 12.30 pm

Our campus houses a diverse and lively collection of contemporary art from Singapore and Southeast Asia. Take a tour through the SMU Art Collection as we share about the artists, artworks, and history of SMU.

To register for the walkthrough and tour, email us at artcollection[at]