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Book Launch, Exhibition

The Photograph as Atlas
Ang Song Nian and Robert Zhao Renhui

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Friday, 25 November 2016, 7:30pm

26 November 2016 to 12 February 2017

The Photograph as Atlas looks at photography’s role as a mirror of history that can be both objective and subjective at the same time. It explores the navigation and creation of history through photographs, and how – as much as they serve as a record of history – photographs may also be manipulated and navigated in new ways, proving that they are not as faithful as they seem to be.

The Photograph as Atlas is part of TRACE – a series of thematic exhibitions exploring areas of scholarship related to Singapore photography which may have been overlooked or understudied.

Ang Song Nian (Singapore)
Hanging Heavy on My Eyes
Gallery 1

In response to the title theme for of the Singapore Biennale 2016, An Atlas of Mirrors, Hanging Heavy on My Eyes looks at the recurring and prolonged haze experienced in Singapore and surrounding regions, due to severe air pollution caused by the increased frequency of forest fires in Indonesia. Based on the Ang’s collection of average recordings of particulate matter 2.5 (PM2.5) data, the exhibition revisits the artist’s experience with the discomfort and unease of reduced visibility – a result of conditions that have been created by human beings’ continuous attempts to control, intervene in and manipulate landscapes and the environment according to our narrow-minded agenda.

Robert Zhao Renhui (Singapore)
The Natural History of an Island
Gallery 2

The artist looks at the natural history of Singapore in a 100-year frame, based on his collection of images of Singapore’s natural landscape from the 1900s. Using a self-made mobile expedition vehicle, Zhao explores and maps out ‘natural’ spaces under stress in Singapore, uncovering historical narratives along the way. The project provides an overarching view of Singapore’s relationship with its natural landscape from archival materials to images from the present day, and observes the various ways that we have altered the landscape based on our needs and what we desire of nature.

An Affiliate Project of Singapore Biennale 2016


Ang Song Nian (Singapore)
Robert Zhao Renhui (Singapore)

Photographers’ Dialogue Session
Saturday, 3 December 2016 at 3pm
With Ang Song Nian and Robert Zhao Renhui

Artist Book Launch
Saturday, 11 February 2017 at 4pm
Presentation and book signing by
Ang Song Nian

Event Information

26 November 2016 –
12 February 2017
DECK Gallery 1 & 2
120A Prinsep Street
Singapore, 187937 Singapore
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