Points of Departure

Physical landscape of Singapore islands have seen tremendous change over five decades of independence where many feel the disconnect with places regarded as home. In trying to find familiarity amidst the change, photographic articles as memory artefacts are reconstructed and interwoven to form new narratives indicative of their locations at the time. By drawing reference to the sea as a constant, these new narratives localises the artefacts by the present shoreline in hope to make the past less foreign. These narratives are not a literal recollection of the islands or the coast, but a meditation on the ebb and flow of time and the clarity of human memory. Through this exploration, the artist seeks to embark on a journey to understand the nature of belonging.

Points of Departure is an extension of the photographic series entitled Temporality (2013) that questions memory, familiarity, and displacement by looking into what people choose to document, keep and remember.

Points of Departure was first exhibited at the National Library Building from 1 to 28 April 2015. Subsequently, it was presented at:

  • The Photobook Exhibition, Athens Photo Festival 2016, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece
  • Masterplan for Obscura Festival of Photography 2016, Penang, Malaysia
  • Singapore International Photography Festival 2016, Singapore