The Weight of Air


The Weight of Air is about a search for quiet. While Hui Hsien was walking through parts of Iceland last year, estranged from family and friends at the other side of the world, geologically active landscapes revealed themselves to constitute a living, breathing ecosystem with its own set of rules. This artist book is a contemplation on philosophical questions related to the relationships between oneself and the environments, and how one lives and loves. Hidden emotions and thoughts surface, as one attempts to be still.

This photo book was launched in line with The Weight of Air, a photography exhibition held at Objectifs from September to October 2016.

The Weight of Air artist book has been exhibited in places such as Singapore, Penang (Malaysia), Athens (Greece), Dali (China) and Tokyo (Japan). The book is in both private and public collections such as the New York Public Library. It is one of the featured books in “How We See: Photobooks by Women,” an anthology by non-profit organisation 10×10 Photobooks.

About Ng Hui Hsien

Trained in sociology, Ng Hui Hsien works as an artist, writer and researcher. Her art practice uses photography as a medium to explore themes such as consciousness, the nature of reality and the interconnectivity between beings; they are sites where the unconscious can find indirect expression.

Hui Hsien’s work has been internationally exhibited in places such as Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Greece, Germany and Japan, and has been featured in media such as Photo District News (PDN) Emerging Photographer, Invisible Photographer Asia (IPA), Plural, Fraction Magazine Japan, dienacht and Fisheye Magazine. Her self-published limited edition of hand-stitched artist books The Weight of Air are distributed by Reminders Photography Stronghold (Japan).

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BY Ng Hui Hsien
COUNTRY Singapore
YEAR 2016
DETAILS 25.4 cm x 19 cm, 98pp 
Hand-stitched artist book, limited edition of 90

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