Hibiscus

“hibiscus” was shot during my first trip to China, which is of particular significance to me; despite being born and raised in Singapore, I am of Chinese ancestry.

© Shane Lim, from the series "Hibiscus"

© Shane Lim, from the series “Hibiscus”

© Shane Lim, from the series "Hibiscus"

© Shane Lim, from the series “Hibiscus”

In Singapore, English is the national language, dialects are banned from mainstream media, and like most Singaporean youths, I grew up largely consuming Western media. Much of China’s cultures and customs are foreign to me, and over the course of two months, I found myself constantly challenged by the tensions formed between my identity and ethnicity.

 

© Shane Lim, from the series "Hibiscus"

© Shane Lim, from the series “Hibiscus”

During this time, I captured moments which resonated with me, unconsciously constructing a narrative of the city. In doing so, I began to discover a Chinese experience that grew increasingly personal –– either through visual motifs or metaphors.

 

© Shane Lim, from the series "Hibiscus"

© Shane Lim, from the series “Hibiscus”

© Shane Lim, from the series "Hibiscus"

© Shane Lim, from the series “Hibiscus”

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