Art In Tribute: One Minute Slience By John Clang

Photographer John Clang honours Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew with his moving self-portrait

This week, in the lead up to our nation’s 50th birthday we bring you an exclusive series of portraits dedicated to our founding father Lee Kuan Yew. John Clang is a visual artist and photographer who is no stranger controversy—in this exclusive portrait for Harper’s Bazaar Art, Clang memorialises our founding father by breaking Chinese funeral taboos.

John Clang, One Minute Slience, 2015

John Clang, One Minute Slience, 2015

“I chose to do a self-portrait with my parents, wearing a Chinese funeral mourning outfit, which is specifically meant for the son to wear while mourning his deceased parents. It’s the utmost tribute I can offer our founder, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, as I am wearing the mourning outfit while my parents are still alive.”—as told to Harper’s Bazaar Singapore.

To see more from our exclusive series, click here.

Harper’s BAZAAR Art Digital edition is now available on Magzter.

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