From 22 August, ArtScience Museum will bring visitors on a journey to explore the world of photography through the Art and Science lens. Presenting the season of Art and Science of Photography, the museum will be hosting three unique photography exhibitions that allow visitors to capture the artists’ distinctive takes on cultural and social developments.
“Photography is the perfect combination of art and science where the artist conveys his world views through technology. The proliferation of smartphones and software applications has made taking photos a big part of our lives. Through this season, we hope to inspire our visitors with the stories behind the photographers’ works and to explore the artistic approaches used to present their views. Complementing the season is a series of guided tours, workshops and symposium to raise the appreciation of photography,” said Ms. Honor Harger, Executive Director of ArtScience Museum.
ArtScience Museum is a key venue of the 4th Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) hosting two exhibitions – Flux Realities: A Showcase of Chinese Contemporary Photography and An Ocean of Possibilities. The ongoing Annie Leibovitz A Photographer’s Life 1990-2005 rounds up the trio of photography exhibitions.
“We are excited to partner ArtScience Museum in the biggest ever SIPF this year. SIPF stays true to its mission in breaking new ground for photography in Singapore, continuing to promote ingenious collaborative showcases which we can share with all photography enthusiasts in the region,” said Ms. Gwen Lee, Director of SIPF.
Flux Realities: A Showcase of Chinese Contemporary Photography
22 August – 2 November 2014
Flux Realities: A Showcase of Chinese Contemporary Photography is a specially curated exhibition showcasing the works of both well-established as well as emerging Chinese photographers. For the first time ever, seven Chinese contemporary artists - Wang Qing Song, Yang Yongliang, Wei Bi, Zhang Dali, Liu Xiaofang, Maleonn (Ma Liang) and Wang Ningde – will be exhibiting together under one roof. The exhibition, comprising over 60 photographs, highlights each artist’s individualistic artistic approach and personal experience of China’s modernisation process.
Their body of work features issues such as globalisation, environmental crisis, population displacement and state propaganda. The works of Liu Xiaofang and Maleonn, for example, reflect their fantasies, childhood memories, unfulfilled dreams as well as desires. WeiBi’s photographs highlight the simple charms of communal village life while Yang Yongliang creates futuristic panoramas that bridge tradition and modernity.
Please refer to Appendix I for information on the seven artists.
An Ocean of Possibilities
31 October - 28 December 2014
An Ocean of Possibilities is an international open call partnership between SIPF and the renowned Noorderlicht International Photofestival in Netherlands.
Featuring approximately 250 photos by 30 artists from 20 countries, An Ocean of Possibilities comprises curated individual series that focus on social developments. The exhibition turns the spotlight on the people who challenge themselves in search of unconventionalities to plot their own course and change the status quo. They may be individuals, small communities and businesses who set out to realise a better future, not only for themselves but also for others.
The exhibition will be presented at ArtScience Museum after the Noorderlicht International Photofestival.
Annie Leibovitz A Photographer’s Life 1990-2005
Now – 19 October 2014
Rounding up the exhibition component for the photography season at ArtScience Museum is the ongoing Annie Leibovitz A Photographer’s Life 1990-2005. Featuring close to 200 photographs, the exhibition provides a unified narrative of Annie Leibovitz’s private life against the backdrop of her public image. At the heart of the exhibition is the personal memoir of Annie Leibovitz, documenting a particular timeframe within her life, including the loss of close relations, birth and childhood of her three daughters, family vacations, reunions, and close friends.
Programming during the Season
The Art and Science of Photography season would not be complete without a series of interactive activities to enhance the experience of all photography enthusiasts. Visitors can choose to join the complimentary guided tours for the exhibitions - Flux Realities: A Showcase of Chinese Contemporary Photography and Annie Leibovitz A Photographer’s Life 1990- 2005, or watch the Darkroom Developments demonstration, where the process of developing negatives from 35mm film is presented by a professional photographer. They can also learn to develop photographs using traditional darkroom techniques and equipment at the From Negative to Print workshop. In conjunction with the 4th edition of SIPF, talks and symposiums will also be organised as part of the season. More information on the programming will be available at a later date.
Visitors can enjoy an exclusive free preview of Flux Realities: A Showcase of Chinese Contemporary Photography on 21 August during ArtScience Late, the museum’s one-night only free monthly performances. Season pass tickets to the three photography exhibitions at ArtScience Museum are available for sale at ArtScience Museum Box Office from 6 August to 19 October 2014. Please refer to Appendix II below for more ticketing information.
ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands is known as the museum that celebrates creativity, the processes at the heart of art and science, and their role in shaping society. The museum seeks to understand what drives creative people, how they acquire and use their skills, and how the world around us is changed because of it. ArtScience Museum presents exhibitions and programmes to deliver these stories using a combination of beautiful design, intriguing content and intellectual discussion, in order to inspire the creativity in all of us.
Featuring 21 gallery spaces totaling 50,000 square feet, the boldly iconic lotus-inspired ArtScience Museum is also the premier venue for major international touring exhibitions from the most renowned collections in the world. Since it opened in 2011, ArtScience Museum has been home to some of the best-attended exhibitions in Singapore, including “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition”, “Harry Potter: The Exhibition”, “Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal”, “Dali: Mind of a Genius”, “The Art of the Brick” and “Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb”. Recent exhibitions include “Essential Eames: A Herman Miller Exhibition”, “The Little Black Jacket” and “Dinosaurs: Dawn to Extinction”. “Annie Leibovitz A Photographer’s Life 1990-2005” is currently showing at ArtScience Museum.
ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands was awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2013. This recognition places the museum amid a select group of attractions that have been recognised by worldwide travelers for providing outstanding tourist experiences.
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About Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF)
Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) is a biennial gathering of minds from around the world with the common pursuit to advance the art and appreciation of photography. It aims to be a much needed arena for critical thought and academic discourse on photography in Southeast Asia. SIPF will also function as a key platform to discover, nurture, and propel Southeast Asian photographers onto the international stage. Through its satellite programmes, the festival hopes to engage the public and cultivate a larger audience. At the core of SIPF is a firm belief that photography can be enjoyed by all.