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Being Together / John Clang

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John Clang
Being Together
Singapore, 2010
Self-published, Paperback 100pp

Documenting New York based Singaporean photographer, John Clang’s solo exhibition, Being Together, this catalogue also serves as an extension of the exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore. This book presents 5 family-themed series comprising a total of 93 works that were created between 2001 and 2012. This book also includes essays by Szan Tan, Patricia Levasseur de la Motte and Gwen Lee. To celebrate the indomitable spirit of human relations, this publication is made up of papers of varying textures, sizes and colours that manage to complement each other as well – reflecting the harmony and intimacy that can still exist even if a family faces disparity. The loose leafs of varying irregular papers and photographs of different families all bound together in one book serves as a reminder of the ties that bind in this isolating urban society.

About The Artist

Born in 1973 in Singapore, John Clang is a visual artist working in photography and film. He was born Ang Choon Leng and earned his moniker in 1990 while serving in the army as his name badge read C L Ang. His fascination on time, displacement and existence influence his work. His works examine and raise questions of the world he lives in, providing not pictorial documentation but an intimate mental reflection of one man's mind. He received his Master of Art Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts in partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London in 2015.

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