People's garbage tells others quite a lot about them and the 'Republic of Pulau Semakau' photo series creatively illustrates this observation. It goes as far as covering a person's face with their very own trash bin, showing just how much of their identity is tied up to their garbage.
Shot by artist Zinkie Aw, the Republic of Pulau Semakau series centers around Singapore residents. Showcasing people hiding behind their dustbins, these portraits explore the importance of their contents as well as each individual's impact on the environment. Captured in their home or place of work, the viewer is given even more context to their way of life.
Republic of Pulau Semakau was displayed at the Goodman Arts Centre Gallery earlier this month.