We’ve seen a great deal of men who have made significant contributions to the film industry and the world of photography, but the women often get overlooked. That’s why for the month of October, we’re happy that Objectifs, Singapore’s center for photography and film, have turned their cameras to focus on the women who dabble in photography and film for the second time.
Held in association with Magnum Foundation from Oct 20-Nov 20, the Women in Photography exhibition will see the works by 16 women photographers from across the globe who have had to overcome very trying circumstances while creating these compelling visual narratives that chronicle daily struggles, observations and the universal theme of humanity and empathy. Some of the photographers who will be exhibiting their works are Sim Chiyin, a Singaporean documentary photographer who is currently one of the 18 in the world represented by the New York-based VII Photo Agency; Tanya Habjouqa, Jordanian photojournalist and part of the founding team behind Rawiya, Middle East’s first all-women photographic collective; Olivia Arthur, a British photographer from the Magnum Photos agency; and more.
There will also be a bunch of screenings at the Women in Film showcase, which will be held from Oct 21-Nov 17 in conjunction with the Women in Photography exhibition. Following the same thread of the photography exhibition, Women in Film looks to give the women in this predominantly male-dominated industry a platform to tell the world what they want to through film. This showcase will highlight the journey of renowned film editor Mary Stephen, along with a good mix of feature and short films by other women filmmakers such as Please Remember Me by Zhao Qing, which is a documentary about Alzheimer’s disease through the eyes of a Shanghainese couple; Wild Women – Gentle Beasts directed by Anka Schmid, which gives a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of four women lion tamers; and more.