Best known for his playful parodies of classical masterpieces, local photographer Eugene Soh is referencing something quite different in his upcoming exhibition at Chan Hampe Galleries: the Bible. In The Second Coming, Soh imagines what it'd be like if Jesus makes his promised reappearance in Singapore – will he break bread at a kopitiam? The artist tells us more.
Why did you choose to play with the Second Coming in Singapore?
Because I live here. Plus, they also never say where he will come back, mah. Christianity has become so widespread that I'm guessing any country is fair game for the Almighty. Come to think of it, God may be communicating through me. This could be a sign, you never know. One of his favourite styles of communication is through individuals who met him on mountains, alone, with no witnesses. He may have seeded the inspiration in me when I was climbing Bukit Timah Hill by myself that one time.
You're right, you never know. Any other reasons?
I also decided on the idea when I found Jesus. The Jesus for my photos, that is. I got to know [spoken word poet] Marc Nair last year when we were doing an exhibition in Amsterdam. His face was beaming with holiness in the European sun. I found out later that we both happen to be speaking at TEDxSingapore. I asked if he wanted to be my Jesus during one of the TEDx meetings. #GodsMysteriousWays.