Exactly Foundation: What to Keep?


567 households. 187 shops and stalls. Four iconic housing blocks. In 2011, Rochor Centre was given its demolition sentence. As the long-time residents packed up, they confronted the question of what to keep, what to throw out, where to go…

This series of probing photographs by Lau Eng Seng brings us face to face with a microcosm of Singapore’s evolution. In our drive for growth and development, how do we preserve our heritage, our lifestyle, our communities?

Alongside the photographs, What to Keep? documents the reactions of over 60 viewers from all walks of life. Their opinions, recollections, and creative responses offer us a truly wide-ranging look at urban upheaval and its effects on our lives.

Internationally acclaimed graphic novelist Sonny Liew contributes an illustrated keynote essay. Sonny is the creator of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, which won three Eisner Awards in 2017, the Singapore Literature Prize and the Book of the Year Award (Singapore).

About Lau Eng Seng

Lau Eng Seng graduated with a Diploma in Fine Art from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 2012 and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Nanyang Technological University. He has exhibited actively overseas and in Singapore, and won second place at the 2013 International Photography Awards.

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 Lau Eng Seng 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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