Presenting a selection of photographs from Aik Beng Chia’s series The Night We Never Met within an atmosphere that complements the content of his images, Hawaii Nights simulates the ambience and settings of Club Hawaii – one of the oldest nightclubs in Singapore.

Having been in operation for over three decades, the venue is a living testament to the spirit and aesthetics of discotheques in the 1970s, which offered a safe haven for seniors seeking companionship alongside the pleasure of song and dance. In spite of the rapidity of Singapore’s development, the way of life within the nightclub has seemingly evaded the onslaught of modernisation, remaining a hidden paradise for patrons and performers alike. 

However, amidst the festive neon glow and strewn confetti, a numbing sense of isolation and anticipation hums resolutely like a wordless soundtrack, as subjects within the frames intimate the interminable wait for another.

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