With the backdrop of collective movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp gaining momentum in the past year, the fourth edition of Objectifs’ Women in Film and Photography programme takes on the theme of COLLECTIVE POWER. We turn our spotlight to photographers and filmmakers who seek to empower and effect change within and across communities through their work.
The Women in Photography exhibition presents works by six international women photographers. Some turn their cameras on themselves, as in 24-year-old Izumi Miyazaki’s surreal self-portraits and Haley Morris-Cafiero’s Wait Watchers, which discusses body objectification and the gaze. Others document specific communities, as in Laura Boushnak’s I Read I Write, on women’s literacy in Arab countries, and Singaporean photojournalist Wong Maye-E’s All I Have Left Are My Words (with writer Kristen Gelineau), on the sexual assault of Rohingya women. No matter their approach, through their images, each of them makes bold statements about the environments in which they live and work.
The Women in Film programme sees the Singapore premieres of four international feature films and a free short film programme. From the ambitious anthology film Waru depicting eight Maori women’s perspectives on child abuse, to the intimate documentary On Her Shoulders profiling 23-year-old Nadia Murad, a survivor of genocide and of sexual slavery by ISIS, this year’s selected films demonstrate both the potential and perils of community and visibility, and the healing that collective power can make possible.
Opening Reception: Thurs 4 Oct, 7pm to 9pm
Exhibition Duration: 5 Oct to 18 Nov
Guided Photographer & Curator Tour: Fri 5 Oct, 6pm to 7pm
Artist Talks: Sat 6 Oct, 2pm to 6pm
Slideshow Projection ft. Women Photograph: Thurs 8 Nov, 7.30pm to 9pm
Short Film Screenings: 5 to 28 Oct, 12pm to 7pm (Screening starts on the hour, on loop)
Women in Film Screenings: 10 to 13 Oct, 7.30pm, $8 / screening or $25 season pass
Venue: Objectifs, 155 Middle Road, Singapore 188977
When: 5 Oct - 18 Nov 2018,