Singapore, 30 August 2018 – The sixth edition of Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) will be held from 6 September to 9 December 2018, presenting its biggest edition with 11 exhibitions and various public programmes around the theme Like You, Me, Everybody Else.
Building on the success of the previous five editions, SIPF 2018 will showcase works of esteemed and emerging contemporary photographers to a growing local and international audience. SIPF also continues its mission in promoting the art of photography and nurturing a community of photography enthusiasts through its public and education programmes. A record number of 50 workshops, seminars, portfolio review, film screenings and opening parties tailored to suit a diverse audience have been planned throughout the festival.
Since its establishment a decade ago, the independent festival has played a vital role in bringing in works of international creative talents to Singapore, spurring exchange of ideas and exposing local photography community to the latest trends and developments of the art in other parts of the world.
SIPF is delighted to present Between Love and Death: Diary of Nobuyoshi Araki. Staged at the festival home (DECK), the deeply moving exhibition delves into the heart of Araki’s relationship with his wife, Yoko. It is the largest exhibition of acclaimed Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki that has been shown in Singapore, featuring his earliest and latest works. The installation is rated Advisory 16 (some nudity).
In 2018, SIPF will feature 19 local artists, the highest local representations in a single edition. One of the festival highlights is Singapore by local photographer Nguan which will be exhibited at Gillman Barracks. It is the first time a local artist has been selected for a solo exhibition in this carefully curated festival.
“We are very encouraged by the rise in local participation this year, it is a testament to our decade-long pursuit and commitment in nurturing the local photography community to reach international standards,” said Gwen Lee, Co-Founder and Festival Director of SIPF.
SIPF 2018 also sees a new category added to its flagship Open Call programme – Photobook. The fast growing interest in photobooks as an art form worldwide has paved a new way for showcasing and appreciating photography in Asia. The inaugural edition of Photobook Showcase will be staged at National Design Centre displaying 82 photobooks shortlisted by an international panel. The showcase will travel to other Asian cities after the Singapore debut.
Like You, Me, Everybody Else This year’s theme dives into intimate realms and broader narratives connected by the multiplicity of human experiences. If a photograph can capture a single moment in our lives, across time, these images evolve to become a timeline of our lives filled with faces, places and unique personal experiences. The works displayed in SIPF 2018 are selected for their universal narrative appeal that anyone can relate to and connect with.
Between Love and Death —Nobuyoshi Araki
Incognito-The Eye in Search
Steidl Book Award
Child_s Play - Other Stories -Mark Neville
NOMAD-Outside In -Caleb, Kevin – Ernest
Still - Laura Letinsky
Singapore – Nguan
Archives on Orphans - Jiang Jian
The SIPF Open Call is a core programme with the purpose of discovering emerging photographers and curators, providing a platform for their works to be reviewed by established critics, and shown to a wider audience. This year, the programme expanded to include a Photobook category in light of the fast-growing interest in the art form and the phenomena of self-published photobooks worldwide.
Public and Education Programme SIPF is committed to the advancement of education and photographic practice in Singapore and in the region. In 2018, there is a full range of public and education programmes organised throughout the city tailored to the needs of a diverse, growing audience ranging from professional photographers, amateurs, beginners and members of the public who are interested in photography.
The programme are divided into three categories: the SIPF Portfolio Review and Professional Workshops targeted to practicing photographers, the SIPF Public Programmes which include guided tours, film screenings and dialogues, and lastly the SIPF Education Outreach Programmes focused on image-making workshops covering a wide range of ages and abilities.
S$50 per pass Festival Passes can be purchased at deck.bigcartel.com. Please visit the website for full terms and conditions
For more information on individual exhibitions, programme and artist bios, please refer to SIPF 2018 Festival Guide and website sipf.sg.
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.
DECK is an independent art space launched in 2014 with the mission of supporting and nurturing the community of photography enthusiasts in Singapore and Southeast Asia. This modular site acts as a connector between art institutions, and offers a platform for people to celebrate photography in the heart of Singapore. Driven by the belief that photography is for all, it welcomes professionals and amateurs to come together, mingle and be inspired. DECK is the organiser of the biennale Singapore International Photography Festival.
DECK (Art Photography Centre) is a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Major Grant for the period from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2019.