Morning Noodles & Gossip At The Toapayoh Hawker Centre

ZoyaChaudhary_MorningNoodles&GossipAtTheToapayohHawkerCentre_2018_MixedMedia_76cmx76cm(sm)Acrylic on canvas with collaged newsprint paper

The ritual of getting together at a neighbourhood Hawker centre and having a meal with family, friends and neighbours, make the Hawker centres more like a community gathering space. People having meals together in the same place and sharing their lives with their community, over decades, make the hawker centres a very important part of the Singaporean culture. Studies have shown, that the more often people eat with others, the more likely they are to feel happy and satisfied with their lives. Retired elderly people specially depend on these spaces for their social interactions, sometimes spending their entire day there. The older Hawker centres that take up large areas of land currently, have a bleak chance of surviving in the changing landscape of Singapore. Many centres have been moved inside malls that don’t encourage the same culture.

The artwork juxtaposes press articles on hawker food, which is one of the major discussions points amongst people living in Singapore, with a scene of people gathered and chatting together at a Hawker Centre.