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Sean Cham is an artist and researcher based between London and Singapore. In his artistic practice, he works at the intersections of photography, performance, and installation. His interdisciplinary and critical practice is concerned with histories and built environments; particularly considering ideas around authorship, contestation, gaps, migration, and memories. Cham’s works were exhibited in Ethiopia, Germany, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, and Sweden. His works had been commissioned by M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, The Future of Our Pasts Festival, and NUS Centre For the Arts.

1.398678, 103.759355 (crop) | 2021
By Sean Cham
Digital Print on Ilford Smooth Cotton Rag | Edition 3| 45cm x 30cm

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, I went from one lockdown to another. I spent many hours on the computer, and began travelling on the Internet. I walked along Google street views, and flew above the city on Google maps. The pandemic brought about questions of how cities are designed, how cities are prepared for future crises and climate emergencies, and how we might live in the future. Living in this constant state of anxiety, I escape into virtual worlds — building imaginary cities, roleplaying as leaders of ancient civilisations, living in the past, present, and future.

Land-scraping is a series that responds to cities' constant scraping of the land (which results in environmental degradation) by my own scraping of the internet for data and pixels. Each image is a composite; created using landscapes, buildings, structures, natural forms found in 3D maps of Singapore. The areas chosen are mostly out-of-bounds to the public — construction sites, state land, private land, undisclosed sites — yet easily accessible on the Internet.

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