Still Images Winners

1st Prize
Shwe Wutt Hmon (Myanmar)

I Do Miss Hospital Visit
Digital scan

The images in Shwe Wutt Hmon’s experimental self-portrait series, I Do Miss Hospital Visit, were created by scanning the scars on her own body, which she juxtaposed against withered flowers, old family photographs and personal CT scans accumulated from many years of hospital visits due to health issues. As she writes, “After having five operations by the age of 30, the result of life-long health problems, I became very interested in imaging my own body and scars clinically. My photography work largely involves developing film and scanning negatives. One day while working with the scanner, I think the dots connected instinctively. I wondered why I shouldn’t scan my own body, while I was restricted from my regular visits to the doctor due to the pandemic. By scanning images of my scarred body with withering flowers, this series creates metaphors for the decline of one’s body and health. Despite the chaos the world is in at the moment, I am trying to be at peace. Making art allows my inner doubts and frustrations to be the little light that gets me through this darkness.”


Julius Baer Next Generation Investment theme:
Digital Disruption 

Moving Images Winners

1st Prize
Mark Chua & Lam Li-Shuen (Singapore)

The Cup
Single-channel black and white video with sound 

The Cup is a surreal tale of a man with a brewing machine for a head. Discontent with the bland taste of his own brew, he sets about to improve its flavour. The work is a meditation on the flattening out of life during the pandemic, and was created entirely during the circuit breaker period in Singapore in 2020, born of the conditions of confinement. As the artists observe, “The restrictions in daily life during the pandemic seem to have resulted in an observably diminished joy of life for many. The work, as a picture of the flattening out of life during this time, explores the notion that what felt missing during the lockdown were the freedoms of individual choice.” A sense of shared alienation, during trying times, is also expressed in linguistic diversity. In the work, the man and his shadow converse in language and dialects common to Southeast Asia: Teochew, a Minnanese dialect popular among the diasporic Chinese communities of the region, and Cebuano, which is spoken in the Visayas islands of Philippines. Despite the linguistic difference, under strange circumstances they meet each other in conversation, sharing a kindred familiarity. 


Julius Baer Next Generation Investment theme:
Arising Asia

The Julius Baer Next Generation Art Prize was open from 5 November 2020 to 28 February 2021. A virtual exhibition featuring the works of the winners and finalists was held from 30 April to 30 June 2021.

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