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Eiffel Chong (b. 1977, Malaysia) graduated with an MA in International Contemporary Art and Design Practice from the University of East London and a BA (Hons) in Photography from London College of Printing. Besides his production of photographic work, Chong is highly engaged with the Malaysian photographic community; taking on the role of mentor for the Malaysian Pixel Shooting Stars programme and Exposure+ Workshop. In addition, he has been appointed to the panel of judges for the Kuala Lumpur Photography Awards 2016 and 2017 Annual Nikon Photo Awards, Malaysia. He is also an academician with Tunku Abdul Rahman University of Management and Technology.

Eiffel Chong’s work considers abstract concepts of life and death through the banal details, silent landscapes and curious obsessions he observes from daily life. He is interested in how the photographic medium can translate a particular time and space, memories and thoughts into something permanent. He personally thinks that the images say more with less, and makes one just want to stare and think about it.

He is currently based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Mind Is Its Own Place, And In Itself Can Make A Heaven of Hell, A Hell Of Heaven | 2020
By Eiffel Chong
Inkjet on Awagami Washi Paper | Unique Print | Unframed | 67.7cm x 50.8cm

My aunt lost her left eye due to glaucoma (pressure building up in the eye). It started with a minor headache and as time goes by, the headache became more severe. We had to send her to the Accident & Emergency, as we didn’t know what happened initially. The medical officer gave her a very strong painkiller and she was fine for a couple of days. Then, the headache came back and then she lost her left eye.

She was physically and mentally weak at that time and her right leg was infected with Shingles virus, or something must have activated the virus in her body because she had Chicken Pox when she was young. Again, we didn’t know what happened as we thought that she must have had some rashes in her legs due to the hot water bath. By the time we realised that it was Shingles, it was too late.

I didn’t realize that Shingles was such a serious disease until I have seen what it did to my aunt. She was screaming in pain when the Shingles attacked her nerves. Painkiller couldn’t help and the only way to cure it was to take a nerve repair medication. The severe pain went on for 3 weeks.

It made me realise that life is so fragile but my aunt is strong. She lost one of her eyes and nearly lost her leg but after everything has passed. She started her physiotherapy and changed her diet to ensure that things like this will never happen to her again.

She is 73 this year.

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