TO SEE THE WORLD IN A GRAIN OF SELF
Geraldine Kang (b. 1988) graduated from the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She is a full-time artist working mostly with photography and is also a freelance commercial photographer. Geraldine uses photography as a means of challenging and redefining emotional and intellectual boundaries. Geraldine is people-oriented and loves to engage in earnest, open conversations.
Q&A with Geraldine Kang
Your workshops were inter-generational: How did you find the interaction between the younger and older people?
The younger people were really able to help the seniors get comfortable with the medium and contributed ideas of how we could use the props. Our generation is perhaps a little more fluid in how we see and perceive things, which in turn encouraged the seniors to adopt a more open mindset.
What were the main challenges in working with the participants?
The seniors felt like they needed to be told what to do; they assumed there was a right and wrong way of coming up with a story. Hopefully they have walked away from the workshops understanding that there is no right and wrong, and that they can further develop their own artistic judgement.
What was the most important thing you learned from working with the participants?
It was a real lesson in managing personalities and learning to listen and negotiate with the requests and needs of the participants. It was important that I came across as a friend more than an instructor. I was reminded to always maintain a certain vulnerability or openness, if one can call it that in any work that I create.