Documenting environmental concerns, and discussing euthanasia
Presented by Exactly Foundation
Lower Gallery, Objectifs
17 to 26 May 2019
Tue to Sat, 12pm to 7pm / Sun, 12pm to 4pm
Admission is free
Opening Reception and Book Launches: Thurs 16 May, 7pm
Artist Talks: Sun 26 May, 2pm to 4pm (RSVP at http://exactlymay.peatix.com)
By Ernest Goh
In physics, plasticity describes the deformation of a material by an applied force. Since its first appearance in 1907, synthetic plastic has forced a permanent change in human cultures and commerce globally. It has brought us great convenience but has also brought about catastrophic environmental pollution and potentially harmful effects on human health.
In Plasticity, artist Ernest Goh uses plastic trash found on Punggol Beach to highlight how marine life mistake tiny micro-plastic bits for food.
About Hurt Like Heaven
By Eiffel Chong
Hurt Like Heaven by Eiffel Chong attempts to discuss the prickly topic of euthanasia, which is not legal in most countries including Singapore. And yet intuitively, many of us want to end pain and misery from terminal illness for ourselves and for those we love — or at least we want to have the option. Playing on the term “hurt like hell”, Eiffel uses the walls of Singapore’s ubiquitous HDB void decks to provocatively discuss the journey to heaven as an invasive process for the body.
Two books documenting their residencies will also be launched at the exhibition opening.
About Ernest Goh
Ernest Goh is an award-winning visual artist whose works focus on ecological relationships. He is the creative director of The Animal Book Co., which works with animal welfare groups through art and design. Previously a photojournalist with The Straits Times, Ernest’s art practice concerning animal welfare, natural disasters and healthcare are widely published and exhibited internationally. He has received the Discernment Award at the ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu Awards (2012), the Sony World Photography Award (2013) and an award of excellence from Communication Arts Photography Annual (2013).
About Eiffel Chong
Eiffel Chong is a Kuala Lumpur-based artist whose practice has often considered abstract concept of life and death through the banal details, silent landscapes and curious obsessions he observes from daily life. He graduated with an MA in International Contemporary Art and Design Practice from the University of East London and a BA (Hons) in Photography from London College of Printing. He is highly engaged with the Malaysian photographic community; he has mentored in the Nikon Shooting Stars programme and Exposure+ Workshop, and was involved in judging for the Kuala Lumpur Photography Awards 2016 & 2013 and the 2017 Annual Nikon Photo Awards in Malaysia.
About the Exactly Foundation
Exactly Foundation is a not-for-profit, trademarked registered label established by Li Li Chung. Photographers are commissioned to create photography to stimulate discussion of social concerns in Singapore. The Exactly Foundation’s goal is to produce new knowledge amongst viewers by engaging with and sharing the photographs with family and friends over a three-month period.
Header image: (L) from Hurt Like Heaven by Eiffel Chong and (R) from Plasticity by Ernest Goh