Friday August 17, 2018

Fifth World Press Photo exhibition in Singapore Museum

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Singapore: The World Press Photo (WPP) exhibition returns to Singapore Museum on Friday which focuses 145 poignant and powerful images from around the world.

It is the fifth year that the exhibition is being held in the city-state. This is the first time the exhibition, presented by the Straits Times, is held at National Museum of Singapore, Xinhua reported.

Baey Yam Keng, parliamentary secretary for the ministry of culture, community and youth, officiated the opening ceremony on Thursday. The exhibition opens to the public for free from Friday to February 21.

As the “Oscars” of photojournalism, the global travelling exhibition showcases prize-winning photographs that captured the most powerful, expressive, and on occasion provocative press images from around the world.

These photos were shortlisted from 97,912 entries submitted by 5,692 photographers from 131 countries for the annual WPPcontest. The 58th exhibition itself has travelled to around 100 cities in about 45 countries and regions in a year-long tour.

In conjunction with the opening ceremony, two award-winning photographers, Pete Muller, an American based in Kenya, Sarker Protick from Bangladesh, and Sim Chi Yin, a judge in the WPP competition for 2016, talked about photojournalism on Thursday.

Patrick Daniel, editor-in-chief of the English, Malay, Tamil Media Group of Singapore Press Holdings Limited, said the exhibition showcases the best work of many talented photojournalists.

He hopes the public can appreciate the impact these dedicated professionals make to the stories.

The Straits Times also pays tribute to the power of the visual image with an exhibition showcasing the newspaper’s best photojournalism work of 2015.

These photos depict various moments of an event-filled golden jubilee year, from historic events like the funeral of Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, to intimate moments such as a baptism at East Coast Park.(IANS)(Image-worldpressphoto)

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Artist Renuka Rajiv Takes on Society, Gender Through Personal Narrative

Rajiv, who narrates not verbally but visually, says the "need for the visual arises from a need to communicate, but this need to communicate remains outside the realm of verbal languages."

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Rajiv described the prints as a "cathartic series" made while living in Melbourne. Flickr Commons

Exhibiting the interplay between words and visuals, a solo show by artist Renuka Rajiv critically chronicles and comments on matters of sexuality, gender, physicality and notions of family and relationships via personal narratives.

“The Future Is Not My Gender” is a multidisciplinary exhibition, showing different renditions of fabric and paper using drawings, paper mache, tie-dye and embroidery.

It is on at the Vahdera Art Gallery here till August 18.

It includes a large body of textile and embroidery works, sculptures, and twenty four monotypes selected from a larger series of three hundred prints.

The fabric works are mostly made with old garments of the artist’s family and friends.

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“The Future Is Not My Gender” is a multidisciplinary exhibition. Flickr Common

“This is a moment in a long-term exploration of expressing the aspects of my reality that are outside the material world,” the Bengaluru-based artist said about the exhibition.

Rajiv described the prints as a “cathartic series” made while living in Melbourne.

Some drawings also weave visuals with verbal interjections — sharp observations around gender and sexuality within the larger social context.

“With a strong inclination towards the spontaneously created “hand-made” works, the exhibition accommodates the imaginative, observational and autobiographical,” Vahdera Art Gallery said in a statement.

Rajiv, who narrates not verbally but visually, says the “need for the visual arises from a need to communicate, but this need to communicate remains outside the realm of verbal languages”.

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Rajiv was the recipient of the Emerging Artist Award (EAA) 2016, awarded by the Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) in collaboration with Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.

The exhibition is a culmination of the award process including a three-month residency in Switzerland in 2017. (IANS)