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Ang Song Nian
Hard Cover
Entries form: Book (28.5 x 22.5 cm), 158 pages

Published on the occasion of the exhibition
The Photograph As Atlas : Hanging Heavy On My Eyes

Hanging Heavy On My Eyes (2016) documents the recurring haze situation in Singapore and its region of prolonged haze spells due to increased forest fires for palm oil plantations in neighbouring Sumatra, Indonesia, throughout the entire year of 2016.

Employing the photograph’s indexical quality in literal sense, the artist translates the daily records of the Pollutant Standard Index’s particulate matter 2.5 (PM2.5) from Singapore’s National Environment Agency into a traditional wet dark room printing process, resulting in a range of gradated photo prints, displayed in a monthly basis arrangement. An effort to visualize the invisible, namely air and its particles, is to test the limit of documentary photography against the very nature of the medium recording ability that is the indexical.

The work recollects the artist’s experience with the discomfort and unease of reduced and affected visibility – a result of conditions in human’s continuous bid to control, intervene and manipulate landscapes and environment aligned to narrow-minded agendas.