Featuring the works of Lavender Chang, Sophirat Muangkum, Pokchat Worasub and Yatender
Lower Gallery, Objectifs
10 Jan to 26 Jan 2019
Tues to Sat, 12pm to 7pm / Sun, 12pm to 4pm
Admission is free
Opening Reception: Thurs 10 Jan, 7pm to 9pm
Artist Talk: Thurs 10 Jan, 6pm to 7pm
1PROJECTS presents Ecopsychology, a group exhibition by four rising photographers; Lavender Chang (Taiwan/Singapore), Sophirat Muangkum (Thailand), Pokchat Worasub (Thailand) and Yatender (Vietnam) curated by Nim Niyomsin.
The last century has seen rapid change. Urbanization is spreading and the gap between humans and nature continues to grow. In Ecopsychology, resonating with the sense of alienation in modern society, four photographers are trying to understand our presence and position in relation to this world. They are trying to reform and reconnect the linkage between us and our environment, both at the conscious and subconscious levels.
Lavender Chang questions our own existence and reality in this world. Her images show an individual’s unconscious state over the passage of time. The moment that a person both connects, physically, and disconnects, consciously, to their surroundings. In this intimate and vulnerable state, the subject unconsciously engages and reveals a sense of self, where the environment becomes a stage of his or her life.
Sophirat Muangkum emphasises the essential part nature plays in sustaining life, focusing on the forests that give us oxygen to breathe. The act of breathing is so subtle we are barely aware of it, but crucial in that if we stop, we perish. We are taking this for granted. What if one day, we no longer have clean air to breathe? Muangkum wants us to re-connect with nature and forewarns the danger of environmental destruction.
Yatender’s work is an attempt to understand herself through a documentation process by exposing her own body, in odd poses, in various settings. The interior series were captured to signify her inner-self while the outdoor scenes present the artist’s interaction with natural landscapes, showing the relationship between her body and surroundings, where the external becomes internalised and helps form her persona.
Pokchat Worasub’s photography aims to challenge our perception of the human body, by posting it against the landscape of landfill. The backdrops are a product of human need and over-consumption, both materialistic and information. Amongst the discards, the subject, the body, becomes an object, inseparable from its surroundings. People must adapt to avoid being lost and rejected by modern society.