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About The Artist

Eiffel Chong, b. 1977, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
Now lives and works in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Eiffel Chong 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 Nikon Shooting Stars programme and Exposure+ Workshop. In
addition, he has been appointed to the panel of judges for the Kuala Lumpur
Photography Awards 2016 & 2013 and 2017 Annual Nikon Photo Awards, Malaysia.
He is also an academician with Tunku Abdul Rahman University College.

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.

More of his work can be viewed on http://www.eiffelchong.com

The Mind Is Its Own Place, And In Itself Can Make A Heaven of Hell, A Hell Of Heaven #1 | 2020
By Eiffel Chong
Inkjet on Awagami Washi Paper | Edition 1 | 67.7cm x 50.8cm

My aunt lost her left eye due to glaucoma (pressure building up in the eye). It starte 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 realized 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 realize that life is so fragile but my aunt is strong. She lost one of her sigh and nearly lost her leg but after everything has passed, she started her physiotherapy and changed her dietary to ensure that things like this will never happen to her again.
She is 73 this year.

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