Bukit Brown: Spaces for the living was a photo exhibit organized by a collective of 7 photographers from diverse backgrounds. This photographic collective has united through their love of an art form, to showcase the splendor of one Singapore’s oldest and historically rich treasures through a photographic tapestry – All to foster a richer appreciation of the legacy of Bukit Brown before its heritage trail is cleared to make way for urban redevelopment.
The photo exhibit opened on Monday October 1st 2012 and ran at The Arts House’s Print gallery until the 7th of October 2012. The platform featured works by photographers Shawn Danker, James Wong, Chee Wei Teck, Simin Wang, Wayne Ho, Zann Huang and Siraj Hanifa. The exhibit display aimed to highlight the intertwining the three themes of nature, heritage and spiritualism that reside at the core of Bukit Brown through the visual medium of photography.
The visual exhibit also contained informative captions that weaved the experience into a tapestry of knowledge about the hallowed grounds that act as the final resting place of some of Singapore’s greatest pioneers. The show aimed to attract and engage the Singaporean people by providing them with an artistic and visual means to reconnect with their sense of nature, history and spirituality through a photographer’s lens.
“This exhibit is meant to be a work of love and a community effort to present our people (Singaporeans) with a unique perspective on a place that many of us have taken for granted. I am always struck by the raw beauty and history of Bukit Brown whenever I walk its grounds. These photos are a means for me to share with people what my eyes see when I look at the place.” Shawn Danker