A visual response to land custodianship in Singapore
By Kevin WY Lee
Curated by Tom White
Lower Gallery, Objectifs
13 to 23 July 2017
Tue to Sat, 12pm to 7pm / Sun, 12pm to 4pm
Admission is free
Opening Reception: Thur, 13 Jul, 7pm
Artist Talk: Sat, 15 Jul, 3-4pm (register here: http://ptix.co/2s9YxNb)
Northeast Hinterland is the Exactly Foundation’s first resident artist Kevin WY Lee’s visual response to land custodianship in Singapore, using night scenes of Punggol, a northeastern suburb slated to be “a waterfront town of the 21st century”. Kevin’s interests in identity and aspirations led him to explore the nocturnal of Singapore, an(other) realm of a same space seen in a less familiar, perhaps more disquieting light (or lack of). While Punggol looks to be the “new Singapore”, the township’s history dates back to colonial Singapore but now is better known for massive clearance of land for building new public housing estates – it could be of anywhere and of forgotten history. Kevin’s “Northeast Hinterland” is a series of nocturnes of an area, when sleep and sight are paradoxical, when histories, mythologies and legacies of the land play hide and seek with the past, present and future of its custodianship.
A book documenting his residency will also be launched at the exhibition opening.
Header image: © Kevin WY Lee
About Kevin WY Lee
Kevin WY Lee is a photographer and creative director based in Singapore. In 2010, he founded Invisible Photographer Asia (IPA), an influential platform for photography and visual arts in Asia. Through IPA, Kevin participates vigorously in photography and art across the region as a practitioner, curator and educator. In his own practice, Kevin is interested in Singapore – her temperament, aesthetic and growing pains.
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.