Japanese Cemetery Park by Hera

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Japanese Cemetery Park, Landscape series is an installation of drawings created by Hera for the Getting to know you: recorded walks in Singapore exhibition which happened at INSTINC SOHO last month.

About the series: “Based on walks taken around the site, the work presents an interpretation of “place” as braided narratives. In late 1800s, the population of Singapore was largely made up of labourers, creating a gender imbalance ratio of around 14 males to 1 female. Japanese brothels were allowed to flourish under the colonial administrations, consequentially the Japanese cemetery were set up to bury the remains of the women who often died young and destitute. The work ruminates on their silence amongst a larger male dominated nation building narrative; it is also inspired by the nuanced use of nature and landscape design within the park cum memorial ground.”

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