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Objectifs – Changing China
June 21, 2018 @ 8:00 amJuly 8, 2018 @ 5:00 pm BMT
CHANGING CHINA: THE DEFINING YEARS
Featuring work by Chua Chin Hon and How Hwee Young
Chapel Gallery, Objectifs
21 Jun to 22 Jul 2018
Tues to Sat, 12pm to 7pm / Sun 12pm to 4pm
Opening Reception: Wednesday 20 Jun, 7pm
Artist Talk: Saturday 23 Jun, 2pm (RSVP via Peatix)
The rise of China is one of the most contentious stories of our times. The complex changes involved – from the drastic renewal of the country’s cities and the countryside, to Beijing’s new-found technological prowess and its assertiveness on the global stage – defy easy explanation, and have often divided global opinion. This exhibition gives a perspective from the ground up, as seen by two Singaporean photographers who have witnessed China’s transformation over the past 15 years.
In their first major showing in Singapore, Chua Chin Hon and How Hwee Young focus on the changing lives of the ordinary Chinese caught up in this wave of change. Their photographs also showcase the remarkable transformation of the country’s landscape, which has been reshaped by rapid urbanisation, ambitious engineering projects and global showcases like the Beijing Olympics.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the 2008 summer Games, a timely occasion to look back on China’s meteoric rise in recent years and ponder the future impact of its re-emergence on the global stage.
About the artists
Chua Chin Hon is currently an editor at TODAY, where he oversees the newsroom’s online coverage and digital transition. Prior to returning to Singapore in 2013, he spent a decade in Beijing and Washington DC as a foreign correspondent.
As an independent documentary photographer, he published his first monograph, 08.08.08: Beijing’s Road To The Olympics in 2008, which featured photographs made during his stint in China. His series “Ghost Towns of Singapore” was published in +50: This is Singapore, and showcased in a group slideshow at the Obscura Photo Festival in 2016. His accolades include the Judges’ Special Recognition in the “Global Vision Award” for the 2009 Pictures of the Year International Contest.
How Hwee Young is currently the Chief Photographer for China region with epa, based in Beijing. She began her career as a photojournalist in Singapore with The Straits Times in 2001, before joining the european pressphoto agency (epa) to cover Singapore and Southeast Asia in 2004. In 2010, she relocated to Beijing to join the agency’s China bureau.
She has covered world events such as the 2013 earthquake in Lushan, China, political protests in Thailand, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and the 2008 Summer Olympics in Bejing. Her images have been published in major publications, including Time Magazine, New York Times, The Guardian, International Herald Tribune and Le Monde. Her accolades include a POYi 2014 Award of Excellence in the Science and Natural history category and an Award of Excellence from Communication Arts 46th annual photography exhibition in 2005 for her work on the Asia Tsunami in Thailand. She was a jury member of the 58th World Press Photo contest in 2015.
CHANGING CHINA: FILM SCREENINGS
Chinese short films screening in Singapore for the first time
Lower Gallery, Objectifs
21 Jun to 8 Jul 2018
Tues to Sat, 12pm to 7pm / Sun 12pm to 4pm
Films are screened on loop during opening hours
These independent short films by young Chinese filmmakers make their Singapore premiere, providing insight into the realities and struggles of coping with transition in China’s changing landscape and culture. The films reflect strong personal sensibilities, while questioning the uncertainties and possibilities of the unknown future.
This film programme is part of Changing China: The Defining Years, a photography exhibition featuring the work of Chua Chin Hon and How Hwee Young that looks at the social, physical and cultural transformation of China in recent years.
A Mother Tongue Lesson
By Melmii Borjigin / 9 min / China / 2015 / G
Living in the Inner Mongolia Ordos grassland, Augaa heads to school together with his friend, Khandiv, every day. One day, Khandiv informs Augaa that he will be heading to the city to study, and they say their goodbyes. Feeling dismal, he rides alone to school. Changes are happening to his hometown with all of his friends leaving, and the town is slowly developing into the Grassland Chemical Industry City.
Letter from Xiaobei
By Zimu Zhang / 9 min / China / 2017 / PG
A woman in Ecuador reads a letter from her Chinese friend, who tells her about the city Guangzhou and its special African enclave Xiaobei. In the process, she reads about her Chinese friend’s fears, reflections and the different connections she has made through her travels.
Niu in the last day of fall
By Zheng Lu Xinyuan / 24 min / China / 2017 / PG13
The last day of fall. It was the last time that I saw her.
Niu disappeared, like a gust of wind.
I started filming her in 2014.
She fell in love, first time in her life.
Yet people come and go.
We grow apart, from whom we thought we would be.
By Liu Qiang / 30 min / China / 2013 / NC-16
Summer documents children living in the brickfield where their parents are working in order to support their families. Although they cannot afford to go to school, the children live their lives with a positive attitude.
About the filmmakers
Melmii Borjigin is a filmmaker from Inner Mongolia, China. She graduated from the Beijing Film Academy, majoring in scriptwriting. A Mother Tongue Lesson won the Best Short Film Award at the 12th Beijing Film Academy Gold Lettering Award, and was selected for the 62nd International Short Film Festival Oberhausen.
Zimu Zhang is a moving image practitioner, researcher, curator at the China Independent Film Archive and co-founder of Moonshine Screening Project. Her works often explore subtle individual and interpersonal emotions, tensions, which dialogues with intangible historical and social realities. She is currently doing a PhD on moving image and alternative art practices at City University of Hong Kong.
Zheng Lu Xinyuan is an artist based in Hangzhou, China. In 2017, she graduated with an MFA in film production MFA from the University of Southern California. Her short films have been shown at festivals such as the Tribeca Film Festival, First Xining International Film Festival and Shanghai Queer Film Festival.
Liu Qiang is a filmmaker, photographer and artist based in China. He graduated from the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts. His films have been featured in the Shanghai International Film Festival and the China Independent Film Festival.