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Varying Progressions: Selected Graphic Symbols of Singapore, 1956–2003

Installation, 2018.
In collaboration with Singapore Graphic Archives (Justin Zhuang).

Looping analogue and digital projection.

Work contribution to Fikra Graphic Design Biennial 01, Department of Non-Binaries. Exhibition founded and directed by Salem Al-Qassimi, artistically directed by Prem Krishnamurthy, Emily Smith, and Na Kim. Department of Non-Binaries curated by common-interest (Nina Paim and Corinne Gisel).

“Singapore’s recent history is often summarised as a leap from the so-called third world to the developed world. In just five decades, the former British colony has grown to become a gleaming cosmopolitan city-state. Graphic design has played a significant role in this accelerated modernisation project, which can partially be witnessed through this loose collection of one hundred symbols and logos from Singapore government agencies, organizations, and corporations since the 1960s. Presented in an ambivalent and seemingly counterproductive manner, this installation encourages alternative readings of the “Singapore Story.” It hints at the challenges and complexities that befall the production and understanding of design in a nation where progress is an imperative.”