Short Stories brings together two mini presentations: the first, an archive of black and white photographs of 1960s Singapore by chef-photographer Hor Kwok Kin, and the second, a selection of colourful, abstract canvases by his contemporary Wong Keen.
While Hor and Wong pursued markedly different paths and approaches to art-making, both artists share a connection with the kitchen, its materials, and its rituals. Hor, who toiled as a chef, found in photography a passion outside of the kitchen, and through this lens, demonstrated an incredible sensitivity in observation, as well as the resourcefulness and flair that accompanies any act of creation, whether that be on the stove or in his improvised darkroom.
Wong, on the other hand, draws on the motif of meat to explore painterly qualities of colour, texture, and density; his abstracted imagery blurs the line between human and animal flesh to comment on a culture of consumption and commodification.
Short Stories is open to public from 22 Aug – 19 Nov, 2023.