“Growing up I felt my heritage was rejected. Singapore, while in Asia, is a very Western city and I was always taught to look westwards,” says photographer Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee about growing up in the Southeast Asian metropolis. As part of Visually Speaking, our content collaboration with Unseen, we asked her to turn her lens on the very place she still considers home, granting us a rare glimpse into elements of the city that resonate deeply for Lee, many of which have been a catalyst for her ongoing, subliminal work.
Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee is a London-based, Singapore-born photographer whose work explores issues of sexuality, representation and identity and aims to subtly shift the Western gaze. In addition to our interview, we asked Elizabeth to capture her hometown through her eyes. Read more about the artist in our interview profile here.
This piece is part of Visually Speaking, a content collaboration of Unseen and Friends of Friends. Exploring image production as a socio-political tool to uncover unseen realities, the series eschews links to fast and constant image production that the digital age undeniably promotes. Through intimate profiles, the series presents four established and emerging photographers who honor a slow process, unfolding their daily lives and creative practices. Whether they explore their own personal and cultural histories, investigate societal issues, or turn to loved ones, they uniquely differ in their ways of working and the realities they are influenced by.
Photography: Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee