Ketemu Project | Mintio (Samantha Tio)
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Mintio is a visual artist born in Singapore. Trained as a photographer at the School of Art Design and Media in Nanyang Technological University, Mintio has been actively creating works and participating in exhibitions both locally and abroad. “Table for One” was Mintio’s first public venture into a participatory project, in which she dined with people she found eating alone over a span of one year. Following that in 2010, she participated in an artist-in-residence program hosted by MES 56, a photography collective in Jogjakarta. The project “The Wax on Our Fingers” was the outcome of her residency, where she had produced batik-portraits of batik makers from the village of Kebon Indah together with fellow artist Budi Agung Kuswara (Kabul). Mintio is currently based in Bali to program and facilitate activities at Ketemu Project Space as Director.




Mintio's Detailed CV


2009, BFA, Photography, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


2015, Torchup! Community Program for 28th Southeast Asian Games 2015

2013, Sculpture Square for Connexion by One Farrer Park, Singapore

2012, Land Transport Authority Art in Transit Program for Orchard Station of the Thomson Line, Singapore

2010, Writing the City, British Council Arts, Singapore

2010, Civic Life: Tiong Bahru, British Council Arts, Singapore

Grants & Awards

2014, SG Snaps for the Singapore Memory Project’s iremember SG Fund, as part of SG50 celebrations

2011, International Collaboration Grant, National Arts Council, Singapore

2011, Singapore Internationale, Singapore International Foundation

2010, 2nd Singapore International Photography Festival, Portfolio Review Finalist

2009, International Travel Grant, National Arts Council, Singapore

2008, PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris : Honorable Mention

2008, American Photo, Images of the Year: Honorable Mention


Artist Residencies & Scholarships

2013, College of Alice & Peter Tan Artist Residency Program, National University Singapore

2012, Art Incubator Program, Grey Projects (Singapore)

2012, Research Residency Program, Tokyo Wonder Site (Japan)

2011, Artist in Residence, Ruang MES 56, Yogyakarta (Indonesia)

2010, ConversAsians, Fellowship Program hosted by Esplanade (Singapore)

2009, Cityscapers: Cardiff Chimera, hosted by British Council (United Kingdom)


Singapore Art Museum, Art in Embassies Program (American Embassy), National University of Singapore Museum

Solo Exhibitions

2013        “Kebon Indah” in collaboration with Budi Agung Kuswara, Baba House, National University Singapore Museum

2012        “The Wax on Our Fingers” in collaboration with Budi Agung Kuswara, iCAN (Indonesia Contemporary Arts Network), Yogyakarta

2010        “Table for One” Food For Thought @ 8Q Singapore Art Museum

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015          “Prudential Singapore Eye”, Art Science Museum, Marina Bay Sands

“Pasar Singapore”, Spotlight Singapore, Ciudadela (Biblioteca De Mexico), Mexico City

2013          “The Wax on Our Fingers”, Ubud Writers & Reader’s Festival, Komaneka Art Gallery, Bali-Indonesia

“Masterpieces”, curated by Iola Lenzi, National Museum Singapore

“Dreams Woven in the Wind”, Tapestry of Sacred Music Community Wall, The Esplanade, Singapore,

“Confluences”, Nanyang Technological University Museum, Singapore

“The Art Incubator 4”, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore

“OH! Marina Bay”, DBS Building, Marina Bay Financial Centre, Singapore

2012          “DiverseCity”, 8Q Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

“Open Studio”, Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan

“Imagine” curated by Objectifs in conjunction with Mosaic Music Fest, The Esplanade, Singapore

“RumahKu”, Singapore House Jakarta, Indonesia

2011          “Peripheries”, Asian Triennial Manchester, United-Kingdom

“NOMAD”, Bangkok University Gallery, Thailand

“SIPF 2011, An Exclusive Portfolio”, FASS Art Gallery, Istanbul-Turkey

“Foreign Exchange”, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute

“Now or Never”, ION Art Gallery, Singapore

“Angsana – Contemporary Southeast Asian Photography Takes Flight” 2902 Gallery, Singapore

2010          “Human Face”, National Museum Singapore

International Orange Photo Festival, Changsa-China

“Emerging Waves”, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Arts Centre & GoEun Museum of Photography, Seoul-Korea

“CUT 2010”, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Manila, Yogyakarta

2009          “Kaleidoscope”, Silverlens Gallery, Manila- Philippines

“TransportAsian” Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

“Cardiff Chimera” Westminter’s Bank, Cardiff United Kingdom

“A Sense of Place” INSEAD, Singapore

2008          “Photo-synthesis” 2902 Gallery, Singapore

“The Persistency of Memory” 2902 Gallery, Singapore

Adobe Design Awards Presentation: “Solo Pas Deux”, New York

Press & Publications

Reuters, “The Journey becomes art at Asian transport exhibit”, June 2009

Geo Magazine (Germany), “Geo Kosmos” section, August 2009

Female Magazine (Singapore), “18 Local Up-and-comers to Watch this Year”, August 2009

“Photography NOW!” by Katie Miller, Cengage Learning New York, 2010

Culturepush (Singapore), “Spotted! Mintio”, March 2010

Confabulation Magazine (Singapore), May 2010

Monthly Art Magazine, (Seoul), May 2010

Sanjinyesul, (Seoul), “~THOHY~” August 2010

Nu You (Singapore), October 2010

Life! Straits Times, “Bookends: Samantha Tio” November 2010

Lian He Zhao Bao , November 2010

WERK (in collaboration with Comme des Garcons) Feb 2012

Creative Cultures – The Singapore Showcase by UNDERSCORE November 2012

“Photos Give Batik a New Look” by Corrie Tan, The Straits Times 13 November 2012

“Pipeline – The so-called issue about artists in Singapore”, Issue 34, Jan/Feb 2013

“Photography Today” by Mark Durden, Phaidon Press Ltd (London), Spring 2014

“Prudential Singapore Eye at Art Science Museum” by Darryl Wee, Blouin Artinfo, December 2014

“6 artists to check out during S’pore Art Week 2015” by Mayo Martin, Today, January 2015