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
In response to the title theme 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.