AikBeng Chia, Thru Their Eyes
How do we share our beliefs with one another? How can we create inclusive spaces where multiple perspectives can co-exist? Thru Their Eyes is a collection of photographs that documents Thaipusam, a festival celebrated by the Tamil and Malayali communities on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (January/February), usually coinciding with Pushya star. It is celebrated by the Tamil community and it is commonly believed that Thaipusam marks the deity Murugan’s birthday. Chia documents the festival literally through the lens of migrants, family and friends who celebrate the festival. There are two photographers in each of these photographs: AikBeng Chia and the devotee who is observing the festival.
AikBeng Chia is an Illustrator and a designer. His photographic work is driven by a musing based on the bonds of human social behavior in public spaces, linked together by multicentric municipalities. Author of Tonight the Streets are Ours (2013), a monograph on Singapore’s Little India district after dusk, SingKarPor (2015) and self-published zines (2010 – ongoing). Aik Beng’s vivid and gritty images of moments and people, in Singapore and various cities across the world, have garnered him a huge following on Instagram and he is a contributor to Everyday Asia in 2014 on Instagram. In 2015, he helmed the UK Guardian newspaper’s Travel Instagram account for a three-day special feature on Singapore. His works have been exhibited and published internationally.
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