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Exhibition, Fundraising, Photography

Of Frames and Passing Time – The Gift of a Year

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“neither image nor reality, a new being, really: a reality one can no longer touch”
– Roland Barthes

Reconciling the miles between Singapore and New York City, John Clang’s father takes a photograph of his life in Singapore every day in 2017, and sends them to his son in NYC. Reading these 365 photographs by his father, Clang reassembles and re-photographs selected shots as a response and a reflection that corresponds to each month of his life.

These 12 works lead friends turns art collaborators – John & Cheryl Chia on a contemplative and dialectic journey of image and text. As they enter a parallel world of emotion, they recorded their thoughts in 12 writings that are derived from their life experiences in the same months of 2017. John on his relationship with his own ailing father, and Cheryl on her life with her loved ones.

Of Frames and Passing Time presents multiple perspectives on the different roles we may play in our life. It begins with the process of re-contextualising the photographs, and concludes by provoking us to contemplate the physical and emotional proximity and distance in our relationships. For everything we share with people we love, there are some parts of ourselves that we keep hidden.

Artist Talk & Tour
21 July, Saturday, 3 – 4pm

To find out how you could support us, please email Gwen Lee at gwenlee@deck.sg or donate directly here.

Let’s make DECK permanent. Support our fundraising efforts to turn this photography haven into a fixture in the arts and cultural landscape of Singapore.

Established in 2014, DECK is an independent art space for photography in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Over the years, we have organised countless festivals, exhibitions, photography masterclasses and workshops, and has been unceasing in our efforts to nurture the appreciation for photography in the region.

Situated in the arts and culture district of Singapore, with a unique architecture constructed out of 20 shipping containers, DECK has become a destination well-loved by photography enthusiasts, youths and even tourists.

This exhibition supports the fundraising efforts to transform DECK into a permanent art space in Singapore. All proceeds will go to the reconstruction and renovation works required to turn this architectural icon into a local landmark that’s here to stay.

Event Information

11 July 2018 –
4 August 2018
DECK Gallery 1 & 2
120A Prinsep Street
Singapore, 187937 Singapore
Presented by DECK