"If IBM had ever bothered to actually possess a physical country, that country might have had a lot in common with Singapore."
William Gibson, Wired, 4/1/1993
During my four year stay in Singapore, I have developed a rather complicated relationship with the city and even more perplexed with its people. Singapore is among the richest countries in the world (4th richest per capita) and a melting pot of four different nations mixed with hundreds of thousands of expatriates. However, unlike NYC, London or other metropolises of the world, the co existence between the different races and nationalities is socially engineered since the early days of the country following a top down approach. Not surprisingly, this creates an isolated and alienated society. Mis/Dis - placement is common fabric for foreigners/guests as well as for many of the local population. In my photos, a subtle disturbance of the ostensibly perfect city-tropical-island is represented through spots of (un)tidiness or implicit political (in)correctness. These soft touches of imperfection, in a place resembling the movie "groundhog day" to an unprecedented degree, provide me with a space of solace. The intense light, the scorching heat of the tropics, the surrounding calm waters, the evident affluence, mixed with lush, expensive exteriors and fancy boat parties creates a banal setting, however there is an implicit, almost poetic, feeling that something is out of place.