Toramae was born in Morocco, raised in Egypt and Thailand, and educated in Malaysia and Singapore. Having lived an itinerant childhood, her practice explores themes of identity, memory and place. Her work often employs photography, artefacts and archival research.

For Temporality, she constructed a series of visual narratives from photographic artefacts indicative of their place of origin through memory-mapping. Temporality had its debut during Noise Singapore’s The Apprenticeship Programme Exhibition in 2013 at 8Q Singapore Art Museum. In 2014, she was awarded an irememberSG Fund for a collaborative project, Points of Departure, which is an extension of Temporality. For Points of Departure, she further conceptualised multi-layered narratives of coastal and island life in Singapore that weave the past and the present through images, words and sound.

In her previous life in Malaysia, she has co-written two plays, Eight Ways to Lighten the School Bag and Oh My God, presented by the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPac). In 2008, Oh My God was nominated for Best Original Script at the 7th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards.

She lives and works in Singapore.


Selected Exhibitions

2016 “Points of Departure”, Singapore International Photography Festival, Singapore 

2016 “Islands of Memories - Pulau Ubin”, Pesta Ubin, Singapore

2016 Repurposing Nostalgia, 42 Petain road, Singapore

2015 Points of Departure, National Library Building, Singapore

2015 Interstitium, Lorong 24A Shophouse Series, Singapore

2013 “Temporality”, Noise Singapore 2013 Festival Showcase: The Apprenticeship Programme (TAP) Exhibition, Singapore Art Museum at 8Q, Singapore

Selected Awards / Grants / Nominations

2015 GABRIELE BASILICO PRIZE in architecture and landscape photography (nominated)
2014 irememberSG Fund, National Library Board, Singapore

2014 Honorable Mention, Category: Deeper Perspective, IPA International Photography Awards 2014

2014 Honorable Mention, Category: Digitally Enhanced, Panoramic, IPA International Photography Awards 2014 

2014 Honorable Mention, Category: Collage, IPA International Photography Awards 2014 

2014 Honorable Mention, Category: Fine Art, Prix de la Photographie, Paris 

2013 Noise Singapore: The Apprenticeship Programme (TAP) 2013, National Arts Council Singapore

Book Publication 

2015 Points of Departure (with selected text by Jerome Lim), ISBN: 978-981-09-4950-1

Selected Essays

2016 “Notes on outlying islands and reefs of Singapore, Mynah Magazine 

2015 Points of Departure: Charting Memories Through Collective Imagination”, BiblioAsia, Jan-Mar 2015, pp. 60-62

2015 SG50 Showcase - Points of Departure: Juria Toramae on, 2 Feb


2016 “Pulau Ubin hosts a five-week open house”, The Straits Times, 13 May

2015 Mapping memories, The Star Newspaper, Art, p. 7, 12 Apr

2015 From beaches to beans: Time and material in 4 shows, Today Newspaper, Arts Reviews, 9 Apr

2015 Juria Toramae’s Points of Departure,, 21 Mar

2014 SMP Features Two of Our Fund Awardees, Singapore Memory Project, Issue March 

2013 Spotted! Juria Toramae,, 23th Aug 

2008 Religious Interplay, The Star Newspaper, Theatre, p. T20, 19 Dec 

2008 All About School, The Star Newspaper, Arts, p. T26, 4 Sep