Loke Hong Seng’s photographs show the physical and social landscapes of Singapore undergoing dramatic changes between 1963 and 1985. Yeo Workshop, an independent art gallery in Singapore, is holding an exhibition of the work of this important photographer titled “A Social Portrait of Singapore: The Critical Years” (ending on 6 September). The show reads Loke’s work not as a nostalgic record of bygone years, but as an act of criticism of the human costs of rapid modernization. Organized to celebrate Singapore’s 50th year of independence, the show is one of many attempts by local artists and activists to review the country’s history in a more critical manner than the official celebrations.
If you are not in Singapore to see the show, you can catch a glimpse of it here. With the kind permission of Yeo Workshop, SP presents a selection of Loke’s photographs from the show.
“The Admirable Samsui Women” 1970/2015
“Poor Child, Peddling Cold Drinks under the Hot Sun” 1970/2015
“Loading and Unloading in a Team of Three” 1971/2015
“A Splendid View during a Flood, Potong Pasir” 1973/2015