Sit Weng San was born in Singapore and is currently based between Los Angeles and Singapore. She works primarily with photography and video, complementing them with text, archival materials, and other media as the project dictates. She received a BA in Economics at the National University of Singapore, General Certificate from the International Center of Photography and graduated with an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts.
San’s work investigates the systems and power structures that create the dissonance between inattentive, homogeneous representations of marginalized bodies and the reality of complex and multi-faceted identities. Mostly, she focuses on ways in which bodies that are colonized, colored, fat, differently-abled, aging, economically disenfranchised, and/or gendered exist with complexities that defy definition, and have always been sites of healing, resistance, and resilience. Inspired by mindfulness philosophies, she hopes to create accessible spaces to see things as they are, where meanings and symbols cease to exist in fixity and can be translated, rehistoricized, and read anew. Her most recent work, Routine as Repertoire was inspired by her cancer diagnosis and the conversations she had with others who shared their experiences and wisdom.
San’s work had been presented at Objectifs Center of Photography and Filmmaking, Angel Gate Cultural Center, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Asia Art Activism, the International Center of Photography, etc. San is an educator in various community colleges and has given artist lectures at the USC Keck Medical School, Nanyang Technological University, UC Merced, Moorpark College Gallery among others. Recently, she was a recipient of the Sundance Institute Uprise Grant, Korea - Singapore Grant from Arts Council Korea and the Digital Presentation Grant from the National Arts Council of Singapore.