SINGAPORE - A new photography exhibition that features Singaporean homes was officially launched today by Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong.
Titled HomeScapes, the exihibition will be held at the void deck of Blk 99 Old Airport Road till July 5.
Led and curated by director of Singapore International Photography Festival, Ms Gwen Lee, the HomeScapes exhibition shows the theme of home captured through the lens of five well-known local photographers: Ang Song Nian, Bob Lee, Darren Soh, George Wong and Robert Zhao.
These photos range from those of Singaporeas in their living rooms and their display cabinets that curate their personal memories and life events, to scenery and facades of flats.
A photo wall mosaic at the exhibition also allows Singaporeans to contribute photographs to share what defines Singapore as home for them.
Photographer: Ang Song Nian Series
Title: A Million Stories of Us
"A Million Stories Of Us is a generous sharing of the many memories of different homes and families through the study of display cabinets in the domestic space. These display cabinets are a curated display of personal memories, collections, life events, proud achievements and interesting stories that makes up the different fragments of every family member's growing up journey in this common space which they call their home." - Ang Song Nian
Photographer: Bob Lee
Series Title: Memory Blocks
"Memory Blocks is a visual manifestation of my curiosity towards HDB inhabitants, and my teenager's past-time of looking out of my brother's HDB flat windows into the neighbours' kitchens. For me, this interlocking lattice of domestic life was a mesmerising display of human activity at different timings of the day. Since 2009, I have been photographing portraits of resident families. Composed within the living room, a common space where family members interact, the images constitute a form of social realism documenting the way we live and lived, in this rapidly transforming city-state." - Bob Lee
Photographer: Darren Soh
Series Title: Facades
"HDB blocks dominate the suburban landscape today, with almost ten thousand blocks housing one million units. "Facades" is an ongoing project I embarked on a decade ago, to document the design of these blocks and how they have evolved in the fifty-five years since HDB was formed. Although the building facades seem mundane and repetitive, my images draw out the architectural and sociological details that make every block different. Captured with a formal and objective eye, the series records how HDB typologies have evolved over the years, as well as how people actually live in these environments and how individual personalities spill out into public spaces such as the common corridor. The result is a collective portrait of the orderly yet idiosyncratic spaces that the majority of Singaporeans call home." - Darren Soh
Photographer: George Wong
Series Title: Scenery
"I take image of views from homes within Singapore. The view from the comfort and security of one's home is a personal space where home owners enjoy, and it is all the more meaningful given the rapidly changing landscape of Singapore. With this series, I hope to share with viewers a glimpse of the scenery that fellow Singaporeans enjoy in their daily life." - George Wong
Photographer: Robert Zhao
Series Title: The Occupants
"Look closely at your living environment and you will see that you are not the sole occupant: Animals have also adapted well to living in urban areas, in close proximity to people. This series looks at some of the places that animals call home in Singapore, whether their haunt is an HDB concrete drain in Tanjong Katong or a fluorescent light in a void deck. A work about survival and adaptation, this series blurs the line between nature and wilderness in the built-up city-state, combining the familiar sights of city life with the mysterious lives of animals." - Robert Zhao
Student Photographer: Chang Si Min Pearlyn
Series Title: Wildlife in Singapore
"Unnoticed in the fast paced society we live in, these wildlife live behind the scenes in the forests and nature parks of Singapore. Though some are considered a hindrance in our daily lives, most are subjects of fascination. It is time to stop and appreciate these animals up close and personal." - Chang Si Min Pearlyn
Student Photographer: Celine Chung
Series Title: Generation Gap
"My series aims to show the development of my home, Singapore through the years and how we have blossomed into a firstworld country as we celebrate SG50 as One People, One Nation, One Singapore. Through the contrast between old and new architecture, I hope to instill a sense of pride into Singapore citizens." - Celine Chung
Student Photographer: Joie Liew
Series Title: Home Through the Lens
"I, along with a large proportion of Singaporeans, wear glasses on a daily basis. Through our spectacle lenses, we see the world around us. Our glasses often become an integral part of us, as a constant presence. We are able to view sights in greater focus using spectacles. Thanks to my glasses, I can see my home through the lenses." - Joie Liew
The SG Heart Map HomeScapes Photography Exhibition is part of SG Heart Map's efforts in engaging Singaporeans to create new shared experiences of places in Singapore.
For more information, visit www.heartmap.sg