Light Gets In

sightings from afar

First conceptualised in 2020 for an exhibition at the foot of Mount Fuji, “Light Gets In” thinks through the looming mountain as a metaphor, noting its symbolic and geographic weight in the physical, emotional, and mythological landscape of individuals, communities, and cities. Created amidst travel restrictions, the work is scored as a relay of 3 prompts across 2 countries:

1) for residents in Japan – to write or dialogue with the artist on their acquaintanceship with Mount Fuji, alongside a photo of the mountain (visible or otherwise) from where they are,

2) for myself and local friend-participants – to go on field trips to try seeing Mount Fuji from Singapore, and

3) make a composite image of the Singapore landscape alongside the images received from Japan.

Gathered here are sentiments and moments that surfaced during the exchanges, alongside the artist’s reflections on this exercise of attempting to face, look, and plot across a distance.

First exhibited in: Fujinoyama Biennale 2020; then at ON/OFF/SCREEN, Deck, Singapore

Project website: www.lightgetsin.cargo.site (Eng) / www.lightgetsinjp.cargo.site (Jap)
Last update: 14 Nov 2021