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Points of Departure

$60.00

Physical landscape of Singapore islands have seen tremendous change over five decades of independence where many feel the disconnect with places regarded as home. In trying to find familiarity amidst the change, photographic articles as memory artefacts are reconstructed and interwoven to form new narratives indicative of their locations at the time. By drawing reference to the sea as a constant, these new narratives localises the artefacts by the present shoreline in hope to make the past less foreign. These narratives are not a literal recollection of the islands or the coast, but a meditation on the ebb and flow of time and the clarity of human memory. Through this exploration, the artist seeks to embark on a journey to understand the nature of belonging.

Points of Departure is an extension of Toramae’s photographic series entitled Temporality that questions memory, familiarity, and displacement by looking into what people choose to document, keep and remember.

With support of the Singapore Memory Project (SMP) and irememberSG fund from 2014 to 2015, the project further incorporates an audio-visual installation and stories inspired by a selection of memories from the islands in collaboration with naval architect/heritage blogger Jerome Lim.


About Juria Toramae

Juria Toramae is a visual artist and photographer based in Singapore. She was born in Morocco, raised in Egypt and Thailand and educated in Malaysia and Singapore. Having lived as an itinerant, she is guided by an interest in place attachment and displacement and her practice reflects on how the environment changes through the lens of memory. Her work often employs archives, fieldwork, and photography to construct realities that are grounded in social memories. Since 2013, her work has been showcased at the Singapore Art Museum at 8Q, the Singapore International Photography Festival, The Photobook Exhibition for Athens Photo Festival (Greece), the Obscura Festival of Photography (Malaysia), and the Chiang Mai University Art Center (Thailand).

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BY Juria Toramae
YEAR 2015
DETAILS Hardcover, 64pp
29.7 cm x 21 cm
LANGUAGE English

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