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Nguan, profiled by Adeline Chia / ArtReview

Nguan

Read our feature on the elusive Singaporean photographer who hardly has exhibitions and doesn’t really sell any works, but who has made a difficult place much easier to love

By Adeline Chia

Untitled, 2012, 100 × 100 cm, from the Singapore series, 2011–14. © and courtesy the artist Untitled, 2006, 100 × 150 cm, from the City of Dreams series, 2004–11. © and courtesy the artist Nguan, from the series How Loneliness Goes (2011-2014), archival pigment print. Courtesy the artist Nguan, from the series How Loneliness Goes (2011-2014), archival pigment print. Courtesy the artist Untitled, 2012, 100 × 100 cm, from the How Loneliness Goes series, 2011–14. © and courtesy the artist Untitled, 2010, 100 × 150 cm, from the Shibuya series, 2008–10. © and courtesy the artist Nguan, Untitled, from the series

In 2013, thanks to the only positive effect of the haze caused by Indonesian forest fires, the light in Singapore took on a pinkish hue. Everything looked slightly blushed and powdered. Wandering around the dreamy streets, it suddenly struck me: I’m in Nguan’s world. Nguan: the Singaporean photographer whose works depict the city as a pastel-toned suburbia. In them, the tropical glare is muted and poetry found in crumbling blocks, empty corridors and shuttered shops. Often alone and staring straight…

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