The Boat That Moves Forward is a powerful photographic exhibition illustrating one of the fastest growing humanitarian crises through the lenses of award-winning Singaporean photographers Muhammad Farhan Bin Osman, also known as FARN, and Amirnorashid Bin Amari, also known as AM. Revealing the plight of displaced Rohingya children in refugee camps, it seeks to articulate their needs, their efforts to survive, and their hope for a better future.
In August 2017, Myanmar’s army launched a violent crackdown in its Rakhine State, forcing an estimated 700,000 Rohingya people to flee to Bangladesh to escape the persecution and destruction of their homes. Over half of these stateless Muslim minorities are children. Today, they live in horrific conditions in refugee camps spread across Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.
Having won the 2014 and 2017 Moscow International Foto Awards respectively, FARN and AM seek to transport viewers into the shocking reality of Rohingya children living under these unimaginable environments through the language of crisis photography. They believe that it is a powerful and compelling medium capable of transcending language barriers and human emotion, instantly reminding us of the humanity and individuality of each child.
Combining their distinct styles of black and white imagery across analogue and digital photography, their deeply emotional work echoes universal themes of hope and struggle. The images serve to convey and facilitate important dialogue on the young refugee status and experience, giving voices to those without.
Opening: 6 November, 5.30pm – 9pm
Venue: UltraSuperNew gallery, 109 Rowell Road, Singapore 208033
When: 6 - 18 Nov 2018, 11am - 7pm