Exactly Foundation – Northeast Hinterland by Kevin WY Lee


Northeast Hinterland captures evocative night scenes of Punggol, a northeastern suburb that has been touted as “a waterfront town of 21st century Singapore”. In this series of thought-provoking photographs of Kevin WY Lee, we are shown a different side of the story. Here is a Punggol we do not normally see — one where “sleep and sight are paradoxical”, where “histories, mythologies, legacies… play hide and seek”.

Alongside the photographs, this volume documents the responses of over 100 viewers from all works of life. Their opinions, recollections and musings triggered by the images offer us a fascinating, multifaceted look at history, identity, and the ambiguities of land custodianship in Singapore.

Eminent art historian, curator and writer Tony Godfrey contributes a keynote essay, “Nox in the Banlieue?” Tony’s works, which include Conceptual Art (1998) and Painting Today (2009), have been highly influential in contemporary art studies.

Lawrence Basapa, grandson of the founder of Singapore’s first private zoo, located in Punggol, pens a heartfelt personal message.

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 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.

4 in stock


BY Kevin WY Lee and the Exactly Foundation
YEAR 2017
DETAILS Paperback, sale-stitched, 2 sections bound by belly band, 76pp
21cm x 29.7cm

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