Exactly Foundation – Rhetorical Territories by Tom White


From communal villages to high-rise flats, how has the “kampung spirit” of old survived the transition? For those who call Waterloo Centre home, sharing comes organically. A funeral turns private grief into public spectacle — a community appears, gathers, mourns and then disappears…

In Rhetorical Territories, photographer Tom White memorably captures how this coexistence takes place at every moment through subtle acts of “negotiation” rather than government policy.

The book also documents the responses of 40 viewers from all walks of life. Their thoughts offer us a fascinating look at private vs public space, cultural belonging, and the meaning of home in Singapore.

Alfian bin Sa’at contributes a set of haikus inspired by Tom White’s photographs. Writer, poet, and resident playwright at theatre group WILD RICE, Alfian has written many award-winning literary and stage works.

About Tom White

Tom White (Singapore-based, Yorkshire-born) is an independent photographer working in documentary, journalism, and editorial photography. He also conducts workshops at Singapore’s Objectifs Centre for Film and Photography and teaches documentary arts and photojournalism at Yale-NUS College. He has previously taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and International Center of Photography. His work has been published and exhibited internationally. Tom is a graduate of Goldsmiths (University of London) and the International Center of Photography in New York

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.

3 in stock


BY Tom White 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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