One of Singapore’s most well-regarded street photographers, Aik Beng Chia is famous for his snapshots of daily life shared on Instagram. In this exhibition, he presents his portrait of Singapore — or Singkarpor. “That’s what Singapore’s name sounds like in Hokkien,” he says. The exhibition’s very title reflects the essence of Aik Beng’s photos. Taken in public spaces and on the streets of Singapore, they nevertheless convey a sense of intimacy, documenting the average man and his everyday life in the raw.
“Usually, only the pretty side of Singapore is presented to the world. My quest is to photograph the mundane side, the real side, and make people take a second look at the day-to-day things they walk past and take for granted.
Aik Beng started “Singkarpor” in 2011, and of the thousands of photos taken since, a carefully curated collection will be shown at the exhibition. This includes a special feature on the passing of Lee Kuan Yew, an event which saw an unprecedented outpouring of emotion from normally reserved Singaporeans. “Singkarpor” continues to be an on-going project for Aik Beng.
Visit the exhibition at K+, Scotts Square #03-14/15.