好想和妳分享的天空


好想和妳分享的天空 // the sky i wish to share with you is a collection of artwork, in the form of a series of postcards, several installations and a short film, created by artist-photographer han. Scenes of encounters shot by the artist, sometimes accompanied with notes, served as a way for him to share moments which he could not bring to his loved one. As interplays of real and simulated sites conjure up familiar cinematic states, this project begins as his response to the speed of contemporary society; a mediation of his need for nostalgic emotional experiences.

Included within are text contributions by Willie Koh and Lim Fong Wei. Edited by Brendan Goh. In English and Chinese.
perpetual monologues — an editor's note
(from the book)

Waiting is the destiny of the one who loves. It is a play scripted, directed and acted by the amorous subject. He registers an absence, whether or not his desired object is physically present. Not unlike preparing an elaborate production, he sets the scene for the loss of the loved one, so that he may mourn its privation.

the sky i wish to share with you is a history of waiting crystallised into a material form: awaiting the right time to compose an image or note, awaiting the right time to send them out, waiting for them to reach their recipient, waiting for a response that never comes. In the wake of these moments of waiting, we find captive images and pleading words; 'wish you were here', 'how are you' — they say 'I am thinking of you', but remain as cordial salutations, unable to bridge the distance between reality and desire.

Always in a state of journeying, one never really bridges any distance, even as the postcards reach their destination. In their iterations, they become a series of pleas. Each a reminder of an encounter of separation and past rejection, but most of all, an appeal for a new beginning or a different journey, a second chance: come with me. This chance sets the stage for another round of waiting, and a new failure. But in the meantime, tell the story of the person behind the lens, a documentary of the documenter.

If eternity beckons and yet forgetting is inevitable, then this book is a dedication to patience and a vigil of yearning.

ISBN 978-981-08-3356-5

First published in 2009 in an edition of 500 signed copies by
han 陳海晗

© 2009 The publisher and contributors. All rights reserved.
Available for sale from the publisher.