Abandoned factory tales: for every object, there is a story to tell


Dhavinder at one of his abandoned factory 'haunts' in the Jalan Chan Sow Lin area in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Kenny Loh

Contemporary artist Dhavinder Singh’s idea of a productive work day is coming back to his work studio with a haul of curious rescues, including a large wooden pigeon house, old tools, saws, rusted mailboxes and window frames.

In order to find his subject or inspiration, Dhavinder spends days scavenging about abandoned factories and derelict warehouses in his childhood neighbourhood of Jalan Chan Sow Lin in Kuala Lumpur looking for machine scraps or discarded objects which serve as reminders of a long forgotten way of life.

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