Singapore through a Russian lens

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Singapore’s independence, Moscow’s Fallen Monument Park is hosting a photo exhibition titled ‘Singapore. The Crossroads of Asia.’ All the photos were taken by Sergei Kovalchuk .
The exhibition will move to St. Petersburg, Nizhniy Novgorod, Krasnodar and other Russian cities.
Night panorama of the Marina Bay. This district is a modern symbol of Singapore. It was built in the beginning of the 21st century on reclaimed land.
Singaporeans.
Various birds at the Jurong Bird Park.
The zoo and the river safari, where you can see fauna from the Amazon, Mississippi and Mekong rivers.
Gardens near the bay. The main attraction is the 18 futuristic trees with pedestrian suspension bridges linking them.
Kovalchuk said he took the pictures during his journeys to Singapore in 2011, 2013 and 2015.
Most of the 80 pictures displayed in the Fallen Monument Park are published in Kovalchuk’s photo book.
“And the 50th anniversary is also a crossroad, a milestone, the best time to rethink our history, make conclusions and see the future,” Ambassador Lim said.
“I think the photographer tried to depict the heart and soul of Singaporeans. And I think there is much truth in his view,” Ambassador Lim said.
“I put texts from the book on the white parts of the pictures,” he says. “So the exhibition is not only an art event, but can also give the audience some information about Singapore.”
“It’s not an advertising exhibition,” Sergei Kovalchuk told RBTH. “There isn’t just the Singapore that everybody sees, there is also my own view of the city.”
“The name Kovalchuk gave to this exhibition fits our country very well. Singapore is a real crossroad between Asia, the Americas and Europe,” Ambassador Lim said.
“This year, Singapore marks its 50th anniversary and we wanted to show something dedicated to this in Moscow,” Singapore’s Ambassador to Russia Lim Kheng Hua told RBTH.
The event was organized by the Singaporean Embassy in Russia and the Tourism Council of Singapore. The exhibition will be held in Moscow till August 9.
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