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In this series, live webcam images of families in Singapore were transmitted via Skype to countries where the main sitters were located, and projected onto their living space. This is how families, dis(membered) through time and space, can be re(membered) and made whole again through the use of a third space, a site that is able to reassemble them together within the photographic space that we call a family portrait.
Drawing upon my own experiences of being separated from my family as a New York-based Singaporean, this work documents and examines our condition of new-wave diaspora — Singaporean families of various races and ethnicities grappling with the same predicament of separation through time and space.
I also want this project to document and interpret a contemporary social-historical blueprint as it happens, allowing the future generations to reflect on it.
In addition, this is also an extension of one of the recurring themes of my work: the fascination with the expressions of time and space and how we negotiate our human existences within these two dimensions. This work specifically addresses the phenomenon of differing time zones, the different dimensions of our human representations, and how we can finally coexist, albeit in pixilated and two-dimensional forms.
–– John Clang