“Home away from Home” reflects upon my personal experiences growing up as a 5th generation Tamil, a minority in Singapore. The work explores my pondering, discoveries & questions revolving around my own ancestry, migration, identity, carried on superstitions and rituals practiced through generations within my country Singapore. The project also focuses upon my observations gathered around how femininity & masculinity is represented within my Tamil community and within the rest of the South Asian community. You also view how Tamil-Hindu religious practices, rituals and observances are tied deeply entrenched into our everyday environment. The work is in near completion with many different chapters woven together.
Amrita Chandradas is a Singaporean documentary photographer. She won the top 30 under 30 documentary photographers showcase by Magnum Photos & Ideas tap.Amrita was also a finalist for the Asian Women Photographers showcase,excellence in Digital News by SOPA News, and is a young portfolio finalist for the Invisible Photographer Asia Awards. Amrita was recently awarded the UK Alumni award winner in “Culture and Creativity award” by The British Council and The British High commission. She graduated with an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary photography from London College of Communications & and is a former Angkor Photo Festival workshop alumni.
Her work is featured at The National Geographic, The New York Times,The Washington Post, The LA Times, De Spiegel, Bloomberg Business, Roads&Kingdoms, SONY, National Heritage Board, Singapore Tourism Board, Time Out Singapore, BBC World, British Journal of Photography, NPR, SWCP, Financial Times, Dagbladet & among others.
Amrita has completed a hostile environment & first aid training course conducted via IWMF, Acos Alliance & Frontline Freelance Register. She aspires to explore the intersection of changing environments & its inhabitants. Chandradas continues to work on bringing forth the less discussed issues of displacement and struggles through on-the-ground personal insights.