Once Upon A Shop In Singapore

SGD 2400

Mixed Media On Canvas
By Zoya Chaudhary
18.11 x 24 inches


Description

Zoya Chaudhary

Artist Zoya Chaudhary has been interested in the visual documentation and celebration of the local character and flavour of places. There is a realization that this character is quickly being lost. Modernization tends to erode these wonderful flavours as global media sells templatized lifestlye dreams to people around the world. The artist in her current series, tries to explore Singapore stories from her point of view, digging for cultural referenes and then juxtaposing them to form a seamless visual. According to the artist, her mind collects facts and figures, visuals, news, content together to make sense of places, people or situations. She thinks of her self as a visual writer who puts together a scene to represent the story. Life as an expat artist living in Singapore is like ‘living in a bubble’ the artist explains. She further explains that ‘Living in expat condos and moving around international schools, clubs, malls, watching western shows and global news can make one feel completely disconnected with the local community in any place. The newpaper and media is the only source of knowing what goes on in the local community. Thus the newpaper articles as a material forms a key part of the narrative. She uses relevant news paper articles as one of her mediums to construct the imagery. She says she has explored many parts of the city, first by reading about them, and then exploring those places physically. In her series ‘Lost & found- Singapore’ she depicts everyday scenes from various parts of Singapore, that have a very local flavour to them. Some of the works show places that have very recently been closed down.

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