'Aestheticity': An exhibition by Kevin WY Lee at DECK
To hear Kevin WY Lee speak about his exhibition Aestheticity, one finds it difficult to envision what his photographs would look like. In conversation with Gwen Lee found in his exhibition booklet, he states, “I (also) often hear people say Singapore is boring and that they find it unphotographable, I wanted to prove them right.” An endless series of uniform white walls come to mind. The actual photographs are both far from it, and yet exactly that.
Aestheticity is part of the ongoing TRACE series featuring Singapore image-makers. Lee presents two bodies of work, located in Gallery 1 and 2 of the art space DECK. The first series of photographs is titled Tapestry of Tents (2014-2018), “exploring the tapestry and temporality of tarpaulin tented spaces in our land-scarce city”. The second comes from his publication Suddenly The Grass Became Greener (2016), a book of photographs “made in Singapore during her 50th year as a nation, and the coincidental death of her gardener”.