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Art as catalyst to kick-start friendships between neighbours

Art is not merely a way of beautifying people, objects or our surroundings. It can also be a great way to catalyze friendships and bring people together.

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Art is not merely a way of beautifying people, objects or our surroundings. It can also be a great way to catalyze friendships and bring people together.

I couldn't describe it in a more inspiring or better than how photographer Kang Li did, so here's his words:

"Photography for me is a matter of making sense of our lives and immediate environment. It must come from the heart. I also believe that photography goes beyond the photographs. It must have a purpose. It is important for me that photography goes beyond aesthetic enjoyment. "At our doorsteps" is such a project. It involves using photography to bridge the gaps between the people who live around me. The idea is to use photographs as a catalyst for neighbours to start recognizing and then talking to each other. I was hoping these photographs could ignite an enthusiasm to build new friendships. "At our doorsteps" is a project which lasted for two years. I guess it cannot be rushed. Just like forming relationships, it has to evolve slowly so that the foundation is strong. It is also not a numbers game. Getting as many pictures as I could or doing it as fast as I could doesn't necessarily make the project better. I also hope that this project can inspire others to also create art projects that are meaningful for themselves. It is possible for art, however simple it is, to make a more heartwarming and selfless society. Of course, I did not complete this project alone. It is a collective effort by all the residents of Block 230G. With this project, we have opened our doors to one another. Following this, I hope we will open our hearts. At the end of the day, it is not photographs that build community spirit, but people.

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I agree with the photographer Kang Lee. Art always brings people together. people admire it. a lot of people start with this their friendship. The common work makes people closer. Neighbours its a group of people who have to interact with each other. I think that its very important to know your neighbors and have a good relations with them.

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