Being Together by John Clang

Being Together
2010 - 2012

This is a series of family portraits utilizing Skype technology to do live recording of Singaporean family members and project them across continents.

Drawing upon my own experiences of being separated from my family as a New York-based Singaporean, this work documents and examines our condition of new-wave diaspora - Singaporean families of various races and ethnicities grappling with the same predicament of separation through time and space.

This is how families, dis(membered) through time and space, can be re(membered) and made whole again through the use of a third space, a site that is able to reassemble them together within the photographic space that we call a family portrait. This work specifically addresses the phenomenon of differing time zones, the different dimensions of our human representations, and how we can finally coexist, albeit in pixelated and two-dimensional forms.