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Phenomena by Calvin Chow

$62.00 SGD

Dimensions: 20.0 (w) x 27.0 (h) cm
Pages: 36pp
4 colour Risograph photobook
Edition of 150
Signed and numbered
Printed on 170gsm, 120gsm uncoated acid-free paper
Subtle imperfections may vary
Knuckles & Notch (2022)

Cambodia’s Tonlé Sap – the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia – is facing a crisis. Located in Northwest Cambodia, this vast body of water was once one of the world’s most vibrant ecosystems. But, according to the Mekong River Commission, since 2018 the volume of the lake has dropped below its historical average. A deadly combination of the climate crisis, overfishing, and upstream dams is threatening both the ecology of the lake and the livelihoods of the communities of floating villages that call it home.

In late 2021, Chow, working on a commission from the British Journal of Photography and international NGO WaterAid, journeyed 250km over 16 days on a small boat, traveling from one floating village to another. He lived in people’s homes, listened to the stories of those who depend on the lake, and photographed stories that mattered.
However, before embarking on the journey, the artist faced a different kind of journey, one that began in Singapore, from the window of his bedroom. Brought on by the pandemic, he began to intentionally make pictures from home in an attempt to make sense of the chaos within.

Phenomena present a new way of seeing, fusing the objectivity of issue-based documentary photography with the subjective experience of the artistic journey. Previously published worldwide in The Independent, Financial Times, and galleries such as Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, this solo exhibition by Calvin Chow will be the artist’s first showing of the work in Asia and a special opportunity to look at the future of photography through the lens of an emerging artist and photographer from Singapore.

Calvin Chow is a Singaporean artist and photographer with an interest in the relentlessness of things, time, space, and everything in between. Having lived across a nature reserve in Singapore his entire life, his work traces between nature and humanity through the use of the photographic lens.

His work has been featured in the British Journal of Photography, FT Weekend Magazine, Libération, It's Nice That, Nowness Asia, and The Straits Times. He has exhibited internationally in spaces such as Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, and at festivals like the Singapore International Photography Festival.

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