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Classic use of reflections, shadows and clever observations
Benjamin Ziggy Lee
On the surface, this series is a documentary of adolescent youths in their rooms. Their gazes are averted, looking out the window and beyond. And in their respective “window frames”, an artificial landscape is constructed using found images online. What will be constructed then? The constructed/virtual landscape will be a place they would like to go. The correlating images are found using Google and Flickr.
This series explores how one’s extreme familiarity with his environment can actually become a psychological entrapment. Singapore is so small that as Singaporeans, there is a dearth of novelty or “strangeness” in our surroundings. It also explores how the Internet is then a medium in which Singaporean youths escape or perceive the world beyond. But the irony is that this dream is nonetheless, an artificial construct. But what is most revealing is how the Internet keeps us within a search bubble, constructing the way we perceive the world. And this images appropriated online are not representative of the places. This reveals the incongruity between what is actual and what is being represented, and how the image is simply a projection.
John Stezaker’s work re-examines the various relationships to the photographic image: as documentation of truth, purveyor of memory, and symbol of modern culture. In his collages, Stezaker appropriates images found in books, magazines, and postcards and uses them as ‘readymades’. Through his elegant juxtapositions, Stezaker adopts the content and contexts of the original images to convey his own witty and poignant meanings.