Siew Thiam Lok presents an open gallery drawing attention to the history and future of the famous Carpenter Street, with the photographs on display on the street.
Carpenter Street is one of the oldest and most famous streets in Kuching; also known as “Attap Street” to Kuchingites, the Mandarin wording on the red arch in the old days. A tiny street packed with eateries and shops, locals and tourists alike flock to the ancient charm of the street. It also marks the entrance to Chinatown with a great, red archway, symbolic of how peacefully multi-ethnic groups in Kuching co-exist. For Sarawakians, Carpenter Street is part of their history and heritage.
However, its future is uncertain and families and shop-owners in the street risk being priced out of their homes. This exhibition by Siew Thiam Lok aims to draw attention to this story, an open gallery where festivalgoers can walk along the street itself to view this stunning photography outdoors, venturing in not only to observe or purchase the antiques, crafts and intricate furniture sold inside, but also to witness the local dwellers go about their daily lives.
Photo credit: Siew Thiam Lok