Exactly Foundation – Holding Space


Holding Space is a photographic project which seeks to hold space for families dealing with mortality, chronic illness and the fragility of life. The project does not attempt to look for answers as there is no prescriptive answer for what individuals and families in this position face. And yet, how families navigate such a personal, challenging time can be informative for the greater community. Using photography, found materials and interviews to consciously bear witness, Tan Ngiap Heng hopes to spark conversation. The contemplation of death and how we support those approaching death can teach us a lot about what is important in life, and can teach us to live life in a more meaningful way.

Holding Space is dedicated to the memory of Dr Tan Kheng Khoo (1931-2019) and Mrs Chung Hwang Siok-Eng (1919-2019).

The keynote essay, Caregivers and Holding Space, is by Dr Teoh Ren Shang. Dr Teoh graduated as a medical doctor from the National University of Singapore in 2003, and is currently working as a Resident Physician in the Singapore Cancer Society, where he cares for terminally ill cancer patients in their homes.

About Tan Ngiap Heng

Tan Ngiap Heng originally studied engineering but started working in the arts in 1995, as a programmer at The Esplanade. He has since been a professional photographer specialising in the performing arts, and also exhibits his photography and creates installations. In recent years, he mooted the Work in Process project which documents the rehearsal process of dance and theatre companies in Singapore as they prepare for production. He graduated with a Masters in Art (Fine Art) from LASALLE College of the Arts in 2018.

About Exactly Foundation

Exactly Foundation is a not-for-profit, trademarked registered label established by Li Li Chung to commission photographers to create works that stimulate discussion of social concerns in Singapore. Its goal is to produce new knowledge by having viewers engage with the photographs and share them with friends and family over a 2-3 month period.

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BY Tan Ngiap Heng
YEAR 2019
DETAILS Paperback, sale-stitched, 2 sections bound by belly band, 66pp
21cm x 29.7cm

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