What does it mean to be Asian? That question is so large, so vast, that answering it is nearly impossible.
The truth is that Singaporeans today straddle multiple cultural identities: our own ethnic heritage, our place in the world as global citizens and our communal sense of a nation. So instead of trying to find an unattainable answer, we went in search of the particular.
Image-making has the power of influencing how we view, imagine, and define ourselves. Through their work and research, the three Singapore image-makers we spoke to here each deal with specific perspectives of Asian-ness.
All start unsurprisingly from some place (or something) personal then delve into bigger, more mercurial ideas: the dominance of Eurocentric beauty ideals; the challenge of conceiving and creating a postcolonial identity; the fragility of heritage and history in a modern world.
And in doing so, each offers a different viewpoint on what it means and looks like to be Asian.