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State of Art: 5 photography exhibitions to see in Singapore

Be it design or art, the past few years have seen Singapore truly blossom into an arts hub. The recently concluded Singapore Design Week, for instance, featured over 100 events including a conference, furniture exhibition, and craft fairs; while January played host to contemporary art shows such as Art Stage Singapore and Singapore Contemporary.

Not to be outdone, the photography scene here is also rising in prominence, with a number of galleries staging exhibitions by local and international shutterbugs the likes of Nguan and Edward Burtynsky. The upcoming Voilah! French Festival — a six-week extravaganza focusing on French culture — also highlights two photography presentations, one of which is by Chris Morin-Eitner. The latter takes the art medium a step further by merging it with digital painting, resulting in some seriously fascinating images.

Here are 5 photography exhibitions to check out this month. Who knows, they might just inspire you to pick up a camera and try out photography as a hobby.

(Main photo: Edward Burtynsky/ Sundaram Tagore Singapore; Featured photo: Nguan/ FOST Gallery)

1
How Loneliness Goes by Nguan

Local photographer Nguan’s ongoing exhibition at FOST Gallery is inspired by urban life and the isolation that comes with it. His images feature seemingly ordinary elements such as HDB flats, void decks and crowds, but are imbued with a sense of melancholy and detachment. This exhibition was first presented at the 2015 M1 Singapore Fringe Festival; its latest edition includes several new works. It ends 12 April.

FOST Gallery, 1 Lock Road, #01-02, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108932, +65 6694 3080

2
Once Upon a Time Tomorrow by Chris Morin-Eitner

Gardens by the Bay and other iconic places in Singapore get a makeover in French photographer Chris Morin-Eitner’s exhibition, which features pictures of buildings digitally reworked with colours, shadows and textures. This showcase of photo-paintings is inspired by the Angkor Wat, and is held at the Supertree Grove. It’s one of the highlights at the upcoming Voilah! French Festival, and takes place from 8 April to 21 May.

The Colonnade (Supertree Grove), Gardens by the Bay18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953

3
EverydayClimateChange

This Instagram account by Tokyo-based photographer James Whitlow Delano has taken its content offline and into a physical, outdoor exhibition at Objectifs gallery. Its images are contributed by photographers from all over the world, and reflect the cause and impact of climate change across seven continents. The ongoing presentation ends 30 April.

Objectifs courtyard, 155 Middle Road, Singapore 188977, +65 6336 2957

(Photo: Objectifs/ Matilde Gattoni)

4
Edward Burtynsky: Salt Pans

Renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky’s ongoing show at Sundaram Tagore Gallery comprises large-scale aerial photographs of the Little Rann of Kutch, a region in Gujarat, India. Each year, over 100,000 salt workers residing there, extract some one million tonnes of salt from the floodwaters of the Arabian Sea. Burtynsky’s images, which feature intriguing geometric patterns, were taken from a helicopter over 10 days. The exhibition ends 29 March, so do stop by soon.

Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Gillman Barracks, 5 Lock Road, #01-05, Singapore 108933, +65 6694 3378

5
Native Revisions

This ongoing presentation at Lasalle College of the Arts focuses on photography and moving images by artists Chua Chye Teck, Noh Suntag, Anup Matthew Thomas and Tomoko Yoneda. The pictures and videos are set in various locations including Singapore forests, World War II sites in Japan, and areas in Kerala, India, and are accompanied by texts to explain their context and significance to the artists. It ends 12 April.

Lasalle College of the Arts, Gallery 1, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, 1 McNally Street, Singapore 187940,

Sara Yap
Deputy Director, Digital Operations (Asia)
Sara Yap is the Deputy Director of Digital Operations at BurdaLuxury, and a contributing writer to Lifestyle Asia’s dining and jewellery beats. When she’s not on the lookout for exciting new restaurants or bejewelled trinkets, she’s probably buried in a riveting read, or reminiscing the good ol’ days with her favourite playlist of ’90s boyband hits.