Friday, 17 September 2010

Publication: Discordant Symmetries | Wei Leng Tay


Contents
Foreword | Ahmad Mashadi
Introduction | Lim Qinyi
Can Cultural Identity Travel | Dr Ooi Kee Beng
Photographing Your Own | Dr John Rohrbach
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"Initially titled “To be Chinese” and “Convergence”, the project takes off from the perspective of the artist as a third generation ethnic Chinese born, bred and largely educated in Singapore. However, over the last few years, she has been based in Hong Kong and experienced a personal disjuncture on what it means to identify as an ethnic Chinese living on the peripheries of modern Chinese. This connection, Wei Leng pointed out, arises out of being geographically separated from her family as well as the lack of volition to practice Chinese traditions as a member of the dominant race in Hong Kong. Taken as a foreigner by the locals, the displacement made her reconsider the nuances behind the ethnic identity and if there would be others out there who empathized with this condition."
- EXTRACT from Lim Qinyi, “Introduction” in Discordant Symmetries | Wei Leng Tay, NUS Museum, 2010.

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