Wednesday, November 15, 2006

2nd Forum on Photography: In a Foreign Land

We are having another forum this Saturday, 18 November, 2-5 pm!

The forum will be on the subject “In a Foreign Land,” and coincides with the exhibition of work by photographer Ung Ruey Loon entitled Moments Apart in a Foreign Land. Three photographers, Ung Ruey Loon, Sim Chi Yin, and Darren Soh, will discuss photographs they have taken overseas for different reasons. We will investigate whether or not we take photographs differently when in a foreign place, and if so, why. The speakers will be joined by gallery assistant Julia Benjamin and gallery founder Tan Kay Ngee.

The forum is free and light refreshment will be served.

RSVP to Julia: 6423 0198 or (please let me know if you need a map!)

About the Speakers:

Ung Ruey Loon is a photographer from Malaysia who is currently based in Singapore. He will discuss the works he shot in Japan for his exhibition, Moments Apart in a Foreign Land, currently on view at the gallery, as well as a series of photographs he took in Australia. His past exhibitions include SimpliCity, exhibited at the Singapore History Museum in 2003, and Dance Around, exhibited at the Arts House in 2005. His studio along Selegie Road, SPACE217, is made up of a dynamic group of young photographers and was the venue for two exhibitions organized by the Goethe Institut from 2004-2005. He is currently working on a new series entitled Thousands and Thousands as part of his residency at Objectifs in Singapore.

Sim Chi Yin currently works for the Straits Times (ST) as a journalist, and continues to pursue photography in her own time and sometimes side-by-side with her writing assignments. She will show photographs from a recent assignment for the ST where she documented her journey from Beijing to Lhasa along the new, controversial railway that connects Tibet with major cities in China. Chi Yin has worked on projects on migrant domestic workers in Singapore, the Roma (Gypsies) in Romania, and a Maoist village in China. In 1999 she was selected as a finalist for the Ian Parry Award for photojournalism by the Sunday Times of London for her portfolio of photographs from rural Siberia.

Darren Soh has been a full-time independent photographer, balancing editorial and commercial work, since 2001. He traveled to Sri Lanka shortly after the Asian Tsunami struck in early 2005 to document relief operations for a local NGO called Mercy Relief. Images from this trip were exhibited twice under the Glimpses of Light series of exhibitions, which paid tribute to the victims and survivors of the tsunami. Darren’s work has been exhibited in Singapore at the Singapore Art Museum, the Singapore History Museum, and the Arts House; and in Bangladesh at the Goethe Institut Dhaka. He has taught photography at Nanyang Technological University, Objectifs, and Pathshala: South Asian Institute of Photography in Dhaka. He will discuss photographs he has taken in Bangladesh and Australia.

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