SG Art Book Library is a catalogue of published print materials that generate further discourse on ideas, practices, and current affairs through art.
The Library believes in the importance of representing the diversity of our community, capturing the energy, vision, and voices of artists and practitioners, as well as showcasing the creative possibilities of art book publishing.
Our collection of zines focus on sociopolitical concerns in Singapore and around the world — gender inequality, racial discrimination, human rights, LGBTQ+ rights, protests, activism, feminism, social, political, economic and environment struggles, etc.
Starting as a virtual space, it provides access to our selection of zines and art books from Singapore and around the world.
Published by Aperture Foundation, 2013
Ametsuchi is comprised of two Japanese characters — heaven and earth. It is taken from the title of one of the oldest pangrams in Japanese — a chant in which each character of the Japanese syllabary is used. Photographer Rinko Kawauchi brings together images of distant constellations and tiny figures lost within landscapes, as well as photographs of a traditional style of controlled-burn farming in which the cycles of cultivation and recovery span decades and generations. Punctuating the series are images of Buddhist rituals and other religious ceremonies — a suggestion of other means by which humankind has traditionally attempted to transcend time and memory.