Ernest Goh


As an artist and photographer, Ernest’s practice has been spent looking at the environment and its creatures, trying to understand the complex yet awe-inspiring interconnectivity between our planet and its inhabitants. He founded Ayer Ayer, an ecologically engaged initiative that reaches out to communities through visual and participatory artworks to further environmental protection and awareness. Ayer Ayer’s focus on ocean plastic in the regional waterways of Southeast Asia has led to the creation of public art, digital gamification, and research projects.

Ernest also created The Animal Book Co., a photography-based project that explores unique natural histories. His animal portraits have been published in The Fish Book (2011), COCKS (2013, republished as Chickens in the US in 2015), and The Gift Book (2014). Ernest’s work has been commissioned by and installed at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, Singapore, collected by the Multimedia Art Museum Moscow, and also resides in public and private collections.

Ernest is an awardee of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainability (Singapore) ECOFUND. He also received the Discernment Award at the ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu Awards, Singapore (2012), the Sony World Photography Award (2013), and the Incentivising Innovation Fund by the Institute of Contemporary Arts London and NESTA UK for its Cultural Leadership Program (2009).




Responses to SIFA programmes blossoming above the mycelial network of the festival.

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