This series explores how one’s extreme familiarity with his environment can actually become a psychological entrapment. Singapore is so small that as Singaporeans, there is a dearth of novelty or “strangeness” in our surroundings. The series also explores how the Internet is then a medium in which Singaporean youths escape or perceive the world beyond.
The irony is that this dream is nonetheless an artificial construct. What is most revealing is how the Internet keeps us within a search bubble, constructing the way we perceive the world. Images appropriated online are not representative of the places. This reveals the incongruity between what is actual and what is being represented, and how the image is simply a projection.
— Benjamin Ziggy Lee
These eery portraits double their subject and weave together beings with their own image. Each photo questions our comfortable notions of identity and fills the very idea with smoke—rendering our own perceptions stranger and realer at the same time...
40 sets of images and an excellent essay exploring the syntax of space, the construct of language, borders, connections, and what is in between.
“Right after the Fukushima nuclear plant accident, I found a blog about peacocks that were left in the evacuation zone .... I started imagining those peacocks, walking around the empty town with their beautiful wings spread. The image I had in my mind seemed so far away from what was going on in Fukushima. It was as if two different layers of images – the disaster scene and beautiful peacocks – were overlapping with each other without being unified.”
Drawing from a collection of over 250,000 images, this wonderfully rich and varied exhibition makes clear how the versatility, imagination and innovation that fuels today's photography have been present in the art form since its birth.