The 5th Singapore International Photography Festival 2016

Monday, October 10, 2016
The 5th Singapore International Photography Festival 2016

The Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) officially launched festival highlights Open Call Showcase and The Archive as Conversation on 6 October 2016 at the Open Plaza of National Library Building, with Minister of Social and Family Development, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, as Guest of Honour.

The 5th Singapore International Photography Festival 2016

The Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) officially launched festival highlights Open Call Showcase and The Archive as Conversation on 6 October 2016 at the Open Plaza of National Library Building, with Minister of Social and Family Development, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, as Guest of Honour. Also making a Southeast Asian debut on 7 October at the festival village, DECK, are photographic works by critically-acclaimed photographer, Daido Moriyama.

Embracing the theme, The Archive, the fifth edition of the photo festival explores how social consciousness affects one’s notion and shifting perception of the nature and role of photography as the world’s visual language. Photography is no longer just a medium used to document historical moments or memories; as an art form and expressive medium, it is pushing new frontiers in the institution level as well as personal domain alongside technology advancement and surge of social media platform. Photography plays a big influence in the quality of people’s lives. 

Selected by a jury panel of three which includes Kazuko Sekiji (Curator, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography), Seok Jae-Hyun (Independent Curator and Editor, Photo Dot Magazine) and Ingo Taubhorn (Curator, House of Photography, Deichtorhallen Germany), the SIPF Open Call Showcase features works of 40 photographers from 18 countries. 22 of these portfolios are shown at the six MRT stations, ten at the Open Plaza of National Library Building and eight at Alliance Française de Singapour.

Presented in eight containers at the Open Plaza of National Library Building, The Archive as Conversation continues as apparatuses, dialogues, and new and old mediums in the form of revisiting old photo studio images, installations, photo prints, videos and conceptual narratives by nine artists. Each artist will present a series of works within each container.

Joe Yiu Miu Lai, Gift (I): Invincible sea view, 2010 © Courtesy the artist
Curatorial Showcase : A room with a view Curator Carol Chow Pui Ha (Hong Kong). Carol Chow Pui Ha (b. 1972, Hong Kong) is a lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. After obtaining her PhD in Communication (2012) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Master of Visual Arts from Hong Kong Baptist University (2014), she endeavors to employ image for social research. Her recent study examines the life of foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong and migrant workers in a film studio in China. In 2013, she started her curatorial practice in order to extend the academic discussion on social issues to the public. She has curated the following exhibitions: Voice of Tacitness: Asian Female Photographers Exhibition for Dali International Photo Festival (2013) and Hong Kong International Photo Festival (2014), and A room with a view: Her - Hong - Kong - Stories through the Lens of Six Female Artists (2015). A room with a view is the winning project for the 5th SIPF’s inaugural Curatorial Showcase.
Lau Wai, 18 Folgate Street © Courtesy the artist
Law Yuk Mui, Yellow portrait , 2014 © Courtesy the artist
Wong Wo Bik, Euston Mansion Windows, Bonham Road, Hong Kong, 1984 - 86 © Courtesy the artist
Yvonne Lo Yuen Man, Tree Guardians , 2015 © Courtesy the artist
Lam Wai Kit, Which things were (are) allowed and which were (are), 2014 © Courtesy the artist. Stills from the video

Date & Time : 6 October to 13 November 2016 (Downtown Line MRT Stations)

14 September to 29 October 2016 (Alliance Française de Singapour) Alliance Française de Singapour – 12pm to 8pm (Mon - Fri), 12pm to 6pm (Sat), Closed on Sun & PH

6 October to 13 November 2016 (Open Plaza, National Library Building) Open Plaza, National Library Building – 10am to 8pm (Daily)

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