In his decade-spanning series Singapore, Nguan turns his camera on his native city and reimagines the adolescent nation as an iconic dream landscape.

The work examines themes of longing, discombobulation and regret, evoking the narrative complexity of daily Singaporean life while adhering to a meticulous palette of delicate hues. The resultant photographs are meant to seem disquieting yet naive and mythical but true.




About the Artist
Nguan was born and raised in Singapore. His photographs are about big city yearning, ordinary fantasies and emotional globalisation.

He has published three books: Shibuya (2010), How Loneliness Goes (2013) and Singapore (2017), which was named in The New York Times Magazine as one of the best photo books of the year. His work is in the permanent collection of the Singapore Art Museum.


Opening Reception & Book Signing
8 Sep, Sat
6 – 9pm
Gillman Barracks, Blk 9, #02-21
Free admission (with limited capacity)

Artist Talk
29 Sep, Sat
12:30 – 1:30pm
National Design Centre Auditorium
$12 / Free for Festival Pass Holder