Exactly Foundation – Writing on the Wall by Grace Baey


Gender reassignment is not common nor simple. In the long and often painful process, trans-men and -women endure awkward experiences daily. To get us all on a more respectful higher ground towards dialogue and acceptance, many struggle to figure out how to start such conversations and build understanding. Photographer-artist Grace Baey starts the ball rolling by incorporating conversations into the pictures, where trans individuals tell their own stories as part of the pictures. The process involved Grace and the participants having conversations about specific aspects of people’s stories that they wished to focus on for the project, making the pictures together, printing out the pictures, and having them write their responses and thoughts on the pictures.

Grace’s project is entitled Writing on the Wall, which alludes to personal thought and expression amidst societal boundaries and divisions. The metaphor of the wall often comes up in conversations and interactions amongst both the LGBTQ+ community and those from the conservative right. The wall can signify power, but it is also people’s coping and defence mechanisms when threatened.

Features a keynote essay by Audrey Yue, Professor of Media, Culture and Critical Theory, and Head of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore. Her writings on LGBT Singapore include Queer Singapore: Illiberal Citizenship and Mediated Cultures (2012) (Hong Kong University Press, co-edited with J.Pow), “Trans-Singapore: Queer Asia as Method” in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (2017) and Notes Towards  the Queer Asian City: Singapore and Hong Kong” in Urban Studies (2017, with H.H. Leung).

About Grace Baey

Grace Baey is a Singapore-based photographer with an interest in social issues. A human  geographer by training, her work examines the relationship between place, identity and belonging. Over the past few years, her projects have focused on social issues faced by transgender people in Southeast Asia and Singapore.

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.

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BY Grace Baey and the Exactly Foundation
YEAR 2019
DETAILS Paperback, sale-stitched, 2 sections bound by belly band, 76pp
21cm x 29.7cm

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