Urban Observation and Exploration Studio
With architecture as a stepping off point, Akai Chew works in photography, maps, and installation art. Connecting such diverse projects are the common threads of urban memories, stratum of histories, and contested geographies. He has a background in urban planning, and architecture heritage. Overseas, he had exhibited in Perth, New Delhi, Bandung, Hobart and Launceston. Highlights of his career include showing work at Dark MOFO 2018 in Hobart and a commission for Light to Night 2022. He studied architecture at the University of Tasmania, where there is an ever present hidden history of the First Nations, and such an engagement is strong in the curriculum. His practice is engaged in a site specific, observation and research based methodology.

By revealing hidden multiplicity of place and the veneer of identity, the artist nudges us towards unexpected encounters with history.