‘Lost & Found- Singapore’
Artist Zoya Chaudhary has been interested in the visual documentation and celebration of the local character and flavor of places. There is a realization that this character is quickly being lost.
To sell global products, media also sells ideas, often one-sided, and creates unjustifiable fascinations with ways of life that hardly represents a natural progression for many vanishing cultures and communities around the world.
The artist in her current series, tries to explore Singapore stories from her point of view, digging for cultural references and then juxtaposing them to form a seamless visual. According to the artist, her mind collects and pieces together facts and figures, visuals, news and content, to make sense of places, people or situations. She thinks of herself as a visual writer, who puts together a scene to represent the story.
Life as an expat artist living in Singapore is like ‘living in a bubble’, the artist explains. She further explains that living in expat condos and moving around international schools, clubs, malls, watching western shows and global news can make one feel completely disconnected from the local community in any place. The newspaper and media is the only source of knowing what goes on in the local community. Thus the newspaper articles, as a material, form a key part of the narrative. She uses relevant newspaper articles as one of her mediums to construct the imagery. She says she has explored many parts of the city, first by reading about them, and then exploring those places physically.
Acrylic paints & Straits Times newspaper articles stuck and treated with mediums and varnish, form the primary materials used to create the artworks.
In her series ‘Lost & found- Singapore’, she depicts everyday scenes from various parts of Singapore, that have a very local flavor to them. Some of the works show places that have very recently been closed down.