The 6th September to 9th December brings about the sixth edition of Singapore International Photography Festival. Its biggest edition yet, this year’s installment includes 11 exhibitions and various public programmes surrounding the theme ‘Like You, Me, Everybody Else’.
SIPF, building on the success of its last 5 editions, will showcase works by both esteemed and emerging contemporary photographers to its local and growing international audience. A record number of 50 workshops, seminars, portfolio review, film screenings and open parties have been planned throughout the festival.
This festival features 19 local artists, the highest local representations in a single edition. A highlight includes Nguan’s pastel dreamscapes of Singapore. Shown at Gillman Barracks, works depict Singapore upon his return in 2006. They examine themes of longing, discombobulation and regret, evoking the narrative complexity of daily Singaporean life whilst adhering to a meticulous palette of delicate hues. This is the first time a local artist has been selected for a solo exhibition in this carefully curated festival.
Under International Highlights, SIPF takes us through the deeply personal journey of Nobuyoshi Araki with the works he produced from 1963 to 2018. This exhibition at DECK entitled ‘Between Love & Death: Diary of Nobuyoshi Araki’ includes his most notable work, ‘Sentimental Journey’, where he narrates his love for his late wife. This is the largest exhibition of Araki’s in Singapore, consisting of 131 photographs that delve deep into the heart of this relationship.
Making sense of photography’s relevance in the community, Mark Neville’s long-term social documentary projects aim to bring practical benefits to the subjects of his works. He questions the following: When did we start questioning as a child? And when did it stop? ‘Child’s Play & Other Stories’ assembles Neville’s five social documentary projects on post-industrial identity in working class communities.
To find out more on the 11 exhibitions and various public programmes at this year’s Singapore International Photography Festival, click here.
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