Exhibition

Being Together: Family & Portraits - Photographing with John Clang

National Museum of Singapore,
Exhibition Gallery 1, Basement

This exhibition explores the theme of the ‘Family’, the central building block of Singapore society, by looking at Singaporeans’ sense of identity, rootedness and connection to their families both in Singapore and abroad, in cities such as London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo. Presented over five series of works by Clang, namely Being Together, The Moment, Fear of Losing The Existence, Guilt and Erasure, the exhibition will showcase over 90 works by the artist, and more than 40 historical portraits of the family from the National Museum of Singapore’s own collection.

Being Together: Family & Portraits - Photographing with John Clang draws from the artist’s personal experience of being separated from his family, and touches upon a predicament that many Singaporeans of various ethnic groups face today. It is a journey of appreciation of who we are as a people, in the context of today’s globalised world.

Being Together (Parents), 2010 Fine Archival Print © John Clang


About John Clang

John Clang is a photographer artist. His fascination with time, displacement and existentialism influence his work. His first exhibition, at 20 yrs old, was a duo-show at the controversial (and now defunct) Singapore art group 5th Passage Artists. He has since participated in solo and group exhibitions in China, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Malaysia, Singapore and the United States. His artwork is collected by the Singapore Art Museum and private collectors from around the world. In 2010, he became the first photographer to receive the Designer of the Year award at the President's Design Award. It is the most prestigious design accolade in Singapore. In early 2013, John Clang will be exhibiting at the National Museum of Singapore.


Special Tours

Photographing with John Clang – Artist's Tour
Wed 30 Jan 2013
Fri 1 Feb 2013
7.30pm to 8.30pm
$30 (inclusive of SISTIC handling fees and admission fees to the exhibition) Click here

Join photographer John Clang on this special tour of the Being Together: Family & Portraits—Photographing with John Clang exhibition to get an insight into the artist’s experiences, inspirations and methodology behind his works.

Being Together: Family & Portraits – Curator’s Tour
Wed 3 Apr 2013 
Fri 15 Mar & 26 Apr 2013 
7.30pm to 8.30pm
$19 (inclusive of SISTIC handling fees and exhibition admission) Click here

Join senior curator Szan Tan on this special tour of the Being Together: Family & Portraits—Photographing with John Clang exhibition to further understand the artist’s works as well as the history of family portraits in Singapore, presented through the National Museum of Singapore’s own collection of portraits. Szan will offer insights into the theme of “family”, and how the exhibition examines Singaporeans’ sense of identity, rootedness and connection to their families both in Singapore and abroad.

Click HERE to download the Student Activity Sheet for Being Together: Family & Portraits – Photographing with John Clang

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