During my initial research, I talked to some of the people in the ADM library to get their thoughts on what the library is used for. Among the people that use it just for studying or research, one particular person said that, “it was a sanctuary for her to rest and recharge.”
Using the idea of the library as a place of safety and refuge was an interesting school of thought, and I knew I wanted an installation that would be fun and give the space within the library a new purpose.
My initial idea was to hang A2 sized portraits at a particularly black and hidden spot at the library, but in the end, I went with something more accessible and easy to spot. I also changed the name as “chasing clouds” implies something completely different.
(I forgot to take pictures of the final product, and I gave them away to them as a gift)
For this project, I approached some of the people in the Harajuku Fashion community and did a photoshoot with them; one set of photos in their “normal” clothes (normal is relative), and another set of photos in their elaborate outfits. I also took the time to talk with them about their inspirations and such.
The final artwork is an A2 board with 2 foldable pages. The front cover showcases the people in their normal clothes, and when the viewer flips the pages, he/she is introduced to their more creative outfits.
Celester’s style is influenced by movies, one example being “western spaghetti” movies that inspired the above outfit. He sees fashion as an way to showcase in identity and individuality. In his free time, he pursues his interest in music, being the lead singer in a punk band. To him, Singaporeans blindly follow fashion trends, and can afford to see fashion more creatively. (He cites the T-shirt, shorts and slippers look as Singapore’s uniform)
Joyce identifies with the “sweet” style of the lolita fashion culture. She has a masters degree in marine biology, and in her free time, she goes diving. She says that people here have the general impression that lolitas are shallow and only talk about clothes or Japanese anime/manga, and she hopes that this project shows people that lolitas are more than just a pretty face.
Sabrina has a degree in biomedical sciences, and identifies with the more traditional gothic lolita style. In a free time, she helps relocate stray animals into shelters to help them find a new home. This process is called TNRM (Trap-Neuter-Return-Manage). She likes the lolita community in Singapore, and likes how the lolita culture isn’t just for young people, having noticed that some lolitas are fully working adults and even mothers.
As soon as I heard that we would be doing a magazine about anything, I immediately sprung at this opportunity to showcase some of my street photography works, hence the title: streets (I know lah, super original). I’ve always wanted to do something like this ever since I started dabbling in street photography.
Clouds are expressions of the atmosphere’s moods, and can be read like those of a person’s countenance. Life would be dull if we had to look at cloudless monotony every day.
4 A4 framed pictures of clouds will be spread across the table, Participants are encouraged to express their interpretation of the clouds by drawing on the photo frame with the provided whiteboard markers. There will be a dedicated area for them to write their own artist statement as well.