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About The Artist

Chow and Lin is made up of husband-and-wife team, Stefen Chow and Huiyi Lin (b.1980).

The crux of Chow and Lin’s practice lies in their methodology of statistical, mathematical, and computational techniques to address global issues since 2010. Chow and Lin’s projects are driven by the discursive backgrounds in economics, public policy, media, and these are further augmented by enduring exchanges with specialists from those fields.

Their projects have been exhibited at Arles Les Rencontres De La Photographie, Art Museum of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art, Venice Arte Laguna, Houston FotoFest Biennial, National University of Singapore Museum and were invited to present at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok.

Their works are in the permanent collections of Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and China Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum. They are authors of The Poverty Line (published by Actes Sud and Lars Müller Publishers, 2021) which is in the collections of the MoMA library and Centre Pompidou Bibliothèque publique d'information.

Chow and Lin currently reside in Beijing and Singapore.

The Play Project, Singapore | 2015
By Chow and Lin
Archival print on cotton rag paper | Edition of 1/5 | 60 x 40cm | UV glaze and birch wood frame

Singapore is considered one of the most urbanised countries in the world. Back in the 1960s, people were still living in squatters and slums, and the government is credited with resettling residents into low cost state-built housing. Today, more than 80% of Singaporeans live in public housing.

A study was made about playgrounds in Singapore, and it found nearly 1,500 public playgrounds across the island, making it perhaps one of the highest playground per square metre land space in the world. The Play Project is an aerial survey of 100 playgrounds across Singapore.

The artists Chow and Lin grew up with these playgrounds, and saw them as an integral part of their childhood. Back in those days, it is common to return home after school, and spending time in the playgrounds interacting with other children before returning home for dinner.

The project was conceived in 2014, at the beginning of mass drone adoption. Part of the motivation behind photographing these playgrounds were also due to the fact that Chow and Lin were a married couple and they just had their first child. Lin was absolutely fascinated with playgrounds - it just felt like her world when she entered, with foam mats, colourful steps and slides that were friendlier than the rest of her world. Photographing them from the air takes stock that these are tiny oasis in an urban environment, but a paradise for those who seek satisfaction from them.

For more details, please visit The Play Project.