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About The Artist

Intrigued by the issues of the social and economic development of the modern world, Ming’s projects comment on the issues faced by the society at large, its intricacies and ironies faced by the modern day citizens of the world.

In 2017, he was invited to participate in an arts residency in Kunming, China by the Dali Photo Exhibition where he worked on a project on the youth subcultures. The work entitled The Chinese Dream was exhibited in Dali and in the Singapore International Photography Festival the year after.

On the home front, Ming worked on documenting the development of Singapore through his project Plot, exhibiting in PhotoPhnomPenh Festival in 2015 and at Esplanade Theatres on the Bay in Singapore the following year. He is largely interested in examining the human condition, recording stories on the triumphs and struggles of modern living, consumerism and capitalism through a mixed medium of photographs, time-lapses, sound and films.

Rail Corridor, July 2012 (From the series Plot) | 2012
By Caleb Ming
Diasec Print | Edition No. 10 | 100cm x 66.5cm

Some 5.68 million people call this island state home, with an average of 8,000 residents packed into every square kilometre, making it one of the most densely populated cities to live in today. The island is only 40 percent the size of the city of London and half that of Los Angeles. All these make it one of the most expensive cities to live in. For comparison, a Toyota Corolla in Singapore costs roughly the same as a Mercedes-Benz CLS in the United States.

Despite this, the government put out a Population White Paper in 2013 projecting that Singapore would need a population of 6.9 million by 2030 to sustain a dynamic city. All this resulted in the rapid development of the city’s infrastructure. This often translate to the redevelopment of older district, low lying building making way for taller and higher density buildings.

Plot is a documentation of these spaces awaiting the continued development of Singapore.

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