The fourth biennial Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) is on from 3 October to 30 November, featuring exhibitions, workshops and fringe activities at various art galleries and spaces throughout the city. SIPF co-founder and director, Gwen Lee, fills us in on what we can look forward to at this year’s photo extravaganza (see our highlights for this year’s SIPF here).
What can we expect from SIPF 2014?
SIPF is really about celebrating all things photographic. We have lined up a string of activities, exhibitions, artist meet-ups, tours, workshops and even a party. There is something for everyone; the young and curious can try their hands in image crafting, the more serious and intellectual types can enjoy stimulating talks, and those who simply want to be soaked in the image world can enjoy over 600 works by 89 photographers from 24 countries.
This year’s theme, The Infinity, focuses on the opportunities made possible by the lens, and what can be seen through that lens. For the festival, it also means the many ways in which our audience can be engaged through the wide range of activities; on a more strategic level, The Infinity also represents the possibilities brought about by our collaboration with organisations like the Noorderlicht International Photofestival, Singapore Art Museum and ArtScience Museum, among others.
How were the featured works selected for the SIPF Open Call Showcase?
The open call selection was made by our invited curators, who considered such qualities as original ideas, new subjects or interpretations and excellence in execution of ideas – the approach, process and composition.
Tell us about An Ocean of Possibilities – the themed open call collaboration between SIPF and Noorderlicht International Photofestival.
An Ocean of Possibilities echoes the mission and theme of SIPF, The Infinity.
Between SIPF and Noorderlicht, it’s an open call for submissions that challenges photographers to present stories of people who choose to live life differently from the norm, and to create a difference in the community and society in which they live. Instead of sharing stories about disasters or societal issues, these works consist of stories of people living in those situations and, despite all oppressing circumstances, decide to take action to continue living, and to change. The works present the triumph of the human spirit.