Pauline Soh (National Gallery of Singapore) is Senior Manager of Programmes at National Gallery Singapore. She holds an M.A. in Contemporary Cinema Cultures from King’s College London and began her work in the field at the Asian Film Archive, where she developed its catalogue of films for public access at the National Library. At National Gallery Singapore, she started a monthly Southeast Asian film series that has since expanded into the Gallery’s annual film festival dedicated to films on artistic practices, institutions of art, and significant moments in art history, entitled Painting with Light: Festival of International Films on Art. Under her leadership as festival programmer, over 90 feature-length and short films, as well as single-channel video works have been exhibited at the festival, which is in its third edition. Pauline has also curated numerous screenings and produced films in conjunction with the Gallery’s regional and international exhibitions such as Reframing Modernism: Painting from Southeast Asia, Europe and Beyond, Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay, Between Worlds: Raden Saleh and Juan Luna, Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow, and Minimalism: Space. Light. Object..
Pauline is currently working on a commission series of short films inspired by the practices of Singapore visual artists, film programmes in conjunction with upcoming exhibitions on the art of Nam June Paik and Antony Gormley, and the next edition of Painting with Light. Her research interests centre on aesthetic theories in relation to art cinema, with a particular focus on the nature of beauty in connection with spirituality, realised in film.