Holeng: Lyrical Memoirs

Image: 1928 Old Dutch House // the wedding dress maker’s work studio, Holeng (2009)

Holeng: Lyrical Memoirs
Cultural, criticism, and curating of photographic engagement of an existential space
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
ICI Curatorial Hub

401 Broadway, Suite 1620
FREE and open to the public

Holeng, an artist and curator from Singapore who is currently based in Vienna, presents a talk titled Lyrical Memoirs: Cultural, criticism, and curating of photographic engagement of an existential space.

Lyrical Memoirs is a visual ethnography project comprised of photographs and text by Holeng. As urban regeneration and gentrification are inevitable sociological processes in today’s rapidly growing megacities, soon the old and decaying neighborhoods have to make way for new developments. Based on 4 years of fieldwork conducted on the hybridity of South East Asia’s Indo–European architectures, this project explores ideas of socio-cultural anthropologic studies focusing on heritage and social identity through dissecting the local contested landscapes in South East Asia.

These landscapes are a continuously reworked palimpsest – mapping and documenting vernacular experiences as a witness to the sociopolitical change of geography, historic events and identity building – through instances and objects that are visibly accumulated in an old house. The visuals represent a trigger to memory and the space for emotional and political engagement of its concern with cultural similarities and differences, both within and amongst South East Asian and European societies.

This event is free and open to the public. To attend, please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with HOLENG in the subject line.


January 14, 2015

ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013



Holeng is a photographer and independent curator, currently based in Vienna and originally from Singapore. Her recently curated exhibition An Urban Analogue was held during the Annual International Visual Sociology Association Conference 2013 in London. She holds an MA in Photography and Urban Cultures from Goldsmiths, University of London. Her forthcoming projects include Lyrical Memoirs: The Old ‘Dutch’ House (c.1928) and Southeast Asia in Transition Symposium (2014) at the University of Oxford. Her curatorial work has opened doors to her nefariously open-minded exploration of ideology, theory and philosophy. She is a co-founder and curator with the international curatorial collective 7x8.

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