After the Fall (8.8.80 Print Programme)

Jovian Lim

Jovian Lim


After the Fall
A Rise, Fanfare, Parting, Game

Photographic inkjet print on Hahnemühle William Turner paper
604mm X 406.4mm
Edition of 80

Prints will be shipped rolled.

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An alternative to the usual exhibition-as-display, 8.8.80 focuses on new print commissions from both notable and emerging artists: each cycle, we feature new print works from a new artist, with each set of works in a limited edition of 80 prints. 8.8.80 is shown both in an online gallery and in a set of pull-out trays located in our Tiong Bahru space.

We are opening the series with Jovian Lim’s After the Fall, a collection of photographic prints taking from the genre of vanitas painting and still-life photography, a form of art that contemplate notions of transience, decay and death. Lim’s prints call to mind the passing of time, the illusion of its persistence and the fragility of that illusion.

Prints will be shipped rolled.


After the Fall

Jovian Lim

The objects are falling off from a pedestal, from a stable, perfect state.
But far be it for this to signal disaster.
For there is romance in this realism.

The objects chosen represent the many pleasures of life available to us.
music, games,
love –
and other life-giving occupations.

Captured at the start of their descent, they stand still, frozen in time, as if for us to contemplate the formal perfection of their failure.

Which ultimately, in a fallen world is a more hopeful, and sustainable way at looking at things.

In that singular moment, what should have been – perhaps our regret, and what could be – perchance our desires, are perfectly reconciled by what is.

Artist Bio

Jovian Lim (b.1984) grew up in Singapore. He graduated from the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University with a BFA in photography.

Aside from his commercial work, he derives great pleasure in reframing approaches to photography through abstraction and capturing everyday phenomena in our environment.

As the associate photographer of Underscore Magazine, he was a member of the team that won the President’s Design Award in 2011. His work Just Above The Winds Of Present Reality was showcased at Art Stage Singapore earlier in January 2015.

Jovian’s photographs have been acquired for the permanent collection of the Singapore Art Museum. He also had the honour of being featured in the Chobi Mela International Festival Of Photography.