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Rhetorical Territories: Thoughts about the Nebulous Kampung Spirit in Singapore
Published by Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd
The Exactly Foundation commissions leading photographers to create works that stimulate discussion of social concerns in Singapore. In Rhetorical Territories, photographer Tom White memorably captures how this coexistence takes place at every moment through subtle acts of negotiation rather than government policy.
From communal villages to high-rise flats, how has the kampung spirit of old survived the transition? For those who call Waterloo Centre home, sharing comes organically. A funeral turns private grief into public spectacle - a community appears, gathers, mourns and then disappears...In Rhetorical Territories, photographer Tom White memorably captures how this coexistence takes place at every moment through subtle acts of negotiation rather than government policy. The book also documents the responses of 50 viewers from all walks of life. Their opinions, recollections and musings offer us a fascinating, multifaceted look at private vs. public space, cultural commonality, and the meaning of home in Singapore
Tom White is an independent photographer. He teaches Documentary Photography at Yale-NUS College, having previously taught at Columbia University's School of Journalism. Tom is a graduate of Goldsmiths, University of London, and the International Center of Photography, New York.
Reviewer: Paul Doolan
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