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BrackMag Issue 3: This Is Home

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What does it mean to own a home in Singapore — a country younger than so many of its citizens? In the case of 99-year leaseholds, whither so-called ‘home ownership’? At the heart of the cultural mapping project by Matt3r asks the question “What is home?” in one of Singapore’s oldest HDB estates, Queenstown.

The collection of articles and stories reflects on the themes explored in the artworks, including: Loo Ching Ling’s rumination on routines of a HDB dweller; Bestlyn Loo discusses the liminality of the corridor; Emma Goh’s fictional piece matches the “mixture of abstract and realistic arrangements” in both artists Ng Hui Hsien’s Sands and Sufian Samsiyar’s The Imaginary World of Tanglin Halt; and He Liwei’s footnotes from a stranger’s notebook. Issue Editor Nazry Bahrawi considers Singapore vis-à-vis Penang. From further afield, Melinda Lauw explores (such a lack of) space via the Fung Wah Biennial in New York.

It also captures candid conversations with Brack’s artist-in-residence Nuria, who’d travelled 14,000km from Spain into the heart of Queenstown, and local resident Alice Lee.

This issue is a collaboration with Matt3r and is freely available online.