Death by Man is a photographic investigation and documentation of Singapore’s wildlife through a journaled obituary by artist-photographer, Jasvic Lye. It showcases the array of animals that we are privileged to share our island home with, the individuals that we have lost, and all that we could possibly be losing. The project uses evocative visuals and narratives to shed light on the plight of wild animals that have perished due to human activities and rapid urbanisation, urging people to recognise the value of each animal’s life and to reflect on our relationship with wildlife in a city.
In collaboration with the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, this project not only unveils captivating photographic documentation but also breathes new ‘life’ into the some of the animals by preserving them as specimens. These carcasses transcend mere display, but also offer researchers rare access to biological, geographic, and temporal data, and to perhaps discover any possible correlation with both natural and human-induced environmental changes. Moreover, this wealth of knowledge is thoughtfully shared with the broader public, enriching awareness and understanding of the intricate dance between humanity and wildlife in our urban landscape.
Venue: Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, National University of Singapore, 2 Conservatory Drive, Singapore 117377
When: 27 Oct 2023 - 14 Apr 2024,