“Sightlines” is a series of poems mapped onto a collection of black and white images shot on film. The combination of poems and images are notes on passing through diverse places with an unnamed female traveler, who is both photographer and protagonist.
Sightlines can be defined as multiple unimpeded lines of sight to a subject. The traveler finds kinship in a landscape that shifts from one sightline to another. Longing is written into each frame. There is space between the grain to imagine.
The journey embarked on is not through defined cities, but places that evoke a sense of being and becoming, of wide spaces, distant faces and shifting silhouettes.
Within each paired image and poem is a small movement. First the image, then the poem, and then the image again, winding them together into a single voice for the reader. Yet there remains nothing definite in the idea of ‘looking.’ The poem is just one possible place from which to view the photograph.
In a time where emotional isolation permeates our society, Alliance Française de Singapour invites you to embark on a poetic journey of introspection and connection in the exhibition “Sightlines”, guided by words from Marc Nair and observed through the lens of Tsen-Waye Tay.
About the Artists
Marc Nair has been, at various points in his life, a teacher, photographer, scriptwriter, voice-over talent, performance poet and cat slave. Having been to over 40 countries, he hopes to perform poetry as often as he has a good whiskey in the bars of distant cities. Among other diverse pursuits, he is also the co-founder and principal photographer of Mackerel, a culture magazine. Marc Nair is represented by Intersections gallery. Sightlines is his tenth collection of poetry.
Tsen-Waye Tay has worked as a news reporter, editor and features producer in print, radio and television mediums in Singapore. She’s also pursued a wish to make the world a more equitable place with roles in corporate social responsibility and ethical trade. Her latest job at a non-profit, media organisation unites her passion for storytelling and its power to make a difference.
Alliance Française de Singapour – la galerie (2nd floor) | 1 Sarkies Road, Level 2, Singapore 258130 From 19 August – 24 October 2020
Tuesday to Friday:
1.00pm-7.30pm Saturday: 9.30am-6.00pm