爷爷, 是你吗?(Grandpa, Is that you?)

We came across Alvin Lee‘s work at the 2015 Noise Apprenticeship Programme exhib. During the Programme, Alvin found an enthusiastic mentor in Yong (Somewhere Else). So what is it that inspired his project? Read on …

“From my fond childhood memories, I recalled a small wooden altar that held the ancestor’s tablet of my paternal grandfather, sitting above my kitchen’s refrigerator. That memory had me feeling strangely distant from a man that was actually my grandfather. I have never had a personal encounter, much less a relationship with him, nor have I heard much about his identity from my family members because he has passed on much earlier before I was born. I strongly believe that by uncovering the details to my grandfather’s background and his circumstance of planting the seed for my family in Singapore many years ago, it is the first step in learning more about my roots. The built-up curiosity to learn more about my cultural identity and the ambiguous figure of my grandfather has provided me with the setting stone to embark on a journey of self-discovery. Inspired by my grandfather’s mementos that recently surfaced, this body of work seeks to take my audience on an experience with the different possibilities of how I have envisioned my grandfather to be, together with the juxtaposition of the factual heirlooms. < 爷爷, 是你吗?> also humbly seeks to stir its’ audience’s curiosity to go on a similar journey to find out more about their forefathers and hopefully through the process – discover something new about themselves.”

Alvin is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication at Nanyang Technological University’s School of Art, Design, and Media, and will be graduating in 2017.

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