July – August

The Movingly Minute Scale of a Restricted Life

Photographs by Lavender Chang
8 July – 13 August 2016

Talk with Lavender Chang and Michelle Ho, Gallery Director at the ADM Gallery at the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University.
Date: 21 July 2016 – 7.30pm
Venue: Alliance Française de Singapour, 1 Sarkies road

Restricted life#5 high resLavender Chang comes back to Alliance française with her new series THE MOVINGLY MINUTE SCALE OF A RESTRICTED LIFE. Lavender was the final winner of the 6th France + Singapore Photographic Arts Awards (FSPAA) with her series I WALKED, AND LAID DOWN ON THIS WARM, BARE EARTH. Her works were exhibited among the 10 finalists at the Société Générale Gallery in a group exhibition held in September 2015 and is now having her solo exhibition.

When studying the genre of family photography, scholar Marianne Hirsch stressed on a need to decipher its coded nature in order to unveil relations to dominant family ideologies and narratives.

The family photo is hence a cryptic vault of power, pain and secrets as much as it is an instrument for displaying cohesion and togetherness.

Drawing upon her personal experiences with the scripts and struggles of familial life, THE MOVINGLY MINUTE SCALE OF A RESTRICTED LIFE by Lavender Chang contemplates on the dualism of how indelible hurt every so often resides under the same roof as unconditional love.

Using a pinhole camera positioned on the windows of various family homes, she captures portraits of bean plants she grew and harvested, along with the scenery beyond, through the technique of solargraphy. Left in the sun over days, the camera obscura resembles an incubator in which family relations, symbolized by the bean plants, are literally and figuratively developing in. Yet, it is a black box of the unknown, parallel to how families are often impenetrable to an outsider’s perception and understanding, despite the universality in issues they face.

Restricted life#13 high resThe use of long and multiple photographic exposures play upon the concept of optical unconscious, rendering visible what is otherwise invisible to the human eye, surfacing unconscious and latent thoughts to conscious levels. Suffocation or liberation? Security or captivity? Such notions remain grey. These one-of-kind solargraphs eventually fade with prolonged exposure, an ephemerality that is not unlike the transience of life.

Surreal and hauntingly beautiful, these images are more than botanical studies. Masking a suppressed violence, they are in fact records of the plants’ slow but certain expiration. Loose splotches of residue expelled on the prints hint of traces of struggle, a stark contrast with the rhythmic and purposeful trails imprinted by the sun’s pathway through the sky. In a similar vein, the photographic renderings of families are often responses to an idealized image. Yet there is often a gap between lived reality and a perceived ideal.

Varying in species and origins, the bean plants are recurring subject matter in Chang’s works as a representation of life and dormant time. The series is hence an extension of her previous explorations on adaptation and survival, into more private and intimate realms.

Friday 8 July – Saturday 13 August 2016

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Saturday: 12pm – 6pm
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September – October 2016

5th Singapore International Photography Festival Open Call Showcase

Photographs by Phisut Nuthong, Sarah Walzer, Lee Won-Woong MD, Alfredo Macchi, and Lee Minji
13 September – 28 October 2016

 

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The biennale Singapore International Photography Festival is back with Asia premiere of master photographers and fresh new works from 18 countries. This much awaited visual feast of over 500 photographic will take place at 15 locations across Singapore. Based on the theme “The Archive”, 5th SIPF explore  nature of photograph as a documentation, as a vessel for memories, and a recording device for the future, a form of empowerment, an ongoing investigation, vernacular or historical event, or simply deeply personal anecdotes.

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Housed within Alliance francaise is an exhibition that moves between personal and epic stories narrated by Phisut Nuthong (Thailand), Sarah Walzer (Germany), Lee Won-Woong MD (South Korea), Alfredo Macchi (Italy), and Lee Minji (South Korea).  Underlying is an immeasurable emotions of coming to term with society pressure, aftermath of war, and uncertain moment of soul searching.

ABOUT SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL

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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.

The festival is a non-profit event. Every purchase of festival pass keep the exhibition free. The Festival Pass also entitles free admission to over 30 programmes and discount at selected retails and eatery. For more information, visit www.sipf.sg

 

Tuesday 13 September – Friday 28 October 2016

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May – June

I TRY SO HARD

Photographs By Corinne Mariaud
26 May – 25 June 2016

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Corinne Mariaud, French photographer, has decided to present images from her photographic series I Try So Hard, Trophies and Climax. The pictures presented in this exhibition question the image, the place of woman and its representation in contemporary society, the diktat of appearance, the cliché about femininity and masculinity.

Through the figure of the human body, these photographic series evoke the quest for identity, the emancipation of individuals and their struggle to preserve their individuality in a standardized world. With humor and gravity, Corinne Mariaud uses the power of the imageries to evoke the inner turmoil that inhabits the body, both feminine and masculine, which are vulnerable and powerful.

I TRY SO HARD Smile corinne mariaudThe series I TRY SO HARD explores women’s smile and its role in society. For this series the artist filmed  women smiling during two minutes, the difficulty of the action turned it into almost a performance. The faces in the videos are tense and tears come out of the model’s face sometimes and pain is perceptible. While the artist was shooting this series she felt responsible for the pain and felt as an executioner. Something disturbing and anxious emerges from these smiles that remain frozen for an unusually long time. This friendly and pleasant expression turns into a rictus and there is no sound, only the silent scream of the smile.

According to the artist the smooth and standardized smile for every occasion is part of the woman’s etiquette. Women must be discreet, not talk too loud, not frown or grimace too much, their social identity is above all smiling and the smile becomes a brand of social domination.

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In TROPHIES, a woman’s head is hung on the wall like a hunting trophy. She becomes the tableau itself, the object hooked. In this series Corinne Mariaud intends to present the ideal woman as restrained and inoffensive,
a woman who is trapped by her appearance and is a victim of female stereotypes.

In CLIMAX, the woman wrestles with herself. She exhibits herself, though hiding her face, and therefore excluding the spectator. She resists the social context that wants to control her sexuality. She struggles to retrieve the control over herself. Under the lights of the studio, her body stands like a sculpture. She becomes a totem. Under the lights of the studio, her body stands like a sculpture. She becomes a totem.

Thursday 26 May – Saturday  25 June 2016

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April-May 2016

YVES SAINT LAURENT
BIRTH OF A LEGEND

28 April – 21 May 2016

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Alliance française de Singapour and Voilah! French festival Singapore are delighted to welcome the South East Asia travelling exhibition Yves Saint Laurent, Birth of a Legend.

The exhibition feature 49 photographs about the creative work, anxiety and happiness of Yves Saint Laurent at work and in the relationship with his intimates during the preparation of his first collection in 1962.

ysl«Yves Saint Laurent met many photographers, but we have been very few to photograph him since his debut at Dior. In 1961, he was preparing to launch his fashion house with Pierre Bergé. The latest collection of Dior had revealed all to the fashion editor of Life magazine, Sally Kirkland: “The young Yves Mathieu Saint Laurent is the new fashion genius.” She gave us, Nadine Puissesseau the journalist and I, five weeks to shoot the preparation for his first collection. An event. Pending the final installation in the house of the Rue Spontini, Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent were preparing the collection in the former workshops of designer Mangin. A top floor accessed by backstairs. If everything was done in a hurry, nothing was improvised, everything was thought. Between two moves, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé had all developed in the greatest secrecy, mirrors to the door handle.
They had the courtesy to forget us during all this time and in the end, we were arriving without even saying hello, not to disturb. This young 26 years old man fascinated us. Every morning, we would see model with a new dress, sublime. We exclaimed, but Yves Saint Laurent did not finch: it was normal. In thirty years I have had many opportunities to photograph both of them. The report from 1961 was going on. I had the rare privilege of working in the shadow and the mind of a genius whose legend has continued to grow. Thereafter, meetings spaced, but regular, with Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent have been one of the thread of my life. »

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March 2016

METAMORPHOSES IN THE LENS OF MIDDLE-EASTERN ARTISTS

15 March – 24 April 2016

For this exhibition celebrating Francophonie, Alliance française is partnering with Sana Gallery, Asia’s first contemporary Middle Eastern art gallery located in Singapore.
The group exhibition, which runs from 15 March – 24 April 2016, showcases the work of four photographers whose influences are linked to the Francophonie, because of their origins or of their careers that have led them to live and work in France.
Because their scope of work are radically different from one another, they celebrate and show the same Francophonie as the one that Alliance française and its partners for the Festival de la Francophonie 2016 are promoting: a culture that is plural, aware of and adapting to its environment, and that calls on universal values even if geographically embedded in different countries around the world.

LAURA BOUSHNAK

ABOUT LAURA BOUSHNAK
Laura Boushnak is a Palestinian journalist and photographer, who has worked for the Associated Press in Lebanon, and for Agence France-Presse (AFP), for which she covered hard news in conflicts such as the war in Iraq and the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war. Her photographs have been published in the New York Times, The Guardian, The National Geographic, or Le Monde.
Since 2008, she has been devoting more time to her long-term projects; her documentary project “I Read I Write ”, explores the role of literacy in improving the lives of Arab women, and the barriers they face to accessing education.

NAYLA KAI SAROUFIMABOUT NAYLA KAI SAROUFIM
Nayla Kai Saroufim is a Lebanese art director, illustrator and artist who has worked in many international advertising agencies before focusing on her art.
Her art focuses on the dialogue between painting, illustration and graphics, mixing it with photography. Her fresh approach to the arts combines digital flair and computer graphics, resulting in mixed-media decorative art pieces.

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MARCEL RACHED

ABOUT MARCEL RACHED
Marcel Rached studied business in the US before working at the World Bank Group in the Middle East and Africa. This multiculturalism he had witnessed during these occasions gave him much insight into his environment, which nurtured his artistic work.
Rached’s work is inspired by life’s random and accidental creations as they affect people and places. He is drawn towards understanding human nature in their instant moment. It covers controversial issues and situations, and focuses on the untapped visceral knowledge of people and their behaviour in the simplest and most complex work.

JACK DABAGHIAN

ABOUT JACK DABAGHIAN
As a professional photojournalist, Jack Dabaghian has fronted thousands of papers around the world including Newsweek, Time Magazine, Paris Match, The Economist, The International Herald Tribune, or the New York Times, and has launched Reuters’ Middle East picture desk in Dubai in 2005, before shifting to commercial photography for private and public clients.
In pursuit of a more artistic career, Dabaghian has started a personal project documenting ethnic tribes facing globalisation. His pictures documenting minorities in Asia and Africa are the result of a long-term initiative to capture the impact of the modern world on these silent and muted civilisations.

ABOUT SANA GALLERY
Sana Gallery is serving as a platform for new images and ideas about the Middle East – presenting exciting Middle Eastern talent to clients and partners in Singapore, South East Asia, India and China.
The contemporary art scene has been flourishing in the Middle East, and it is being bolstered by the extraordinary political, social and economic changes under way.
Sana Gallery anticipates that the explosive creativity we are witnessing across the Middle East will endure for decades, as the Arab Spring evolves and metamorphoses.

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February 2016

WOMEN BY A WOMAN

by Clotilde Richalet Szuch
18 February – 12 March 2016

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Born in 1980 in Montauban (South of France), Clotilde has always been fascinated by the importance of light.

Upon completion of her secondary school diploma, she left for the United States to learn English and she discovered a much more universal language, spoken with images instead of words: photography.

Since then, she continued on this path in university, while travelling over the world, and as an official photographer for the Cannes Festival.

That was also how her long-term relationship with Alliance française de Singapour began: she first exhibited her
commissioned work Inside Cannes at the Société Générale gallery during the 4TH RENDEZVOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA in December 2014.
After this exhibition Clotilde has ventured further into more photography projects and has exhibited WOMEN BY A WOMAN at Artistry (Art Gallery/Café) Singapore . She will return to Alliance française between 18th February and 12th March 2016 to present the continuation of this series, with some new photographs added to her work.

WOMEN BY A WOMAN features portraits of women that Clotilde met during her travels within Malaysia, Cambodia and Thailand. She was struck by how unique and different women in each country appear, act, move, dress, laugh, smile; this same curiosity led her to create her series of women across Southeast Asia.©Clotilde_Richalet_TRI_BD_0567

“While wandering with my faithful camera through Southeast Asia, I quickly became fascinated by the very different cultures and appearances of the people.

My curiosity is the very simple reason why I started this gallery of Women across Southeast Asia. What a journey it is to travel around Malaysia, Cambodia or Thailand and make the effort to meet other women and to exchange with them. I gave them all she could in a smile, and they gave me back so much on camera.

I was a foreigner in their land, a stranger in their community, the one intruding in their daily life, but they all took the time to look back at me.”

–  Clotlide Richalet Szuch

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January / February 2016

THE GREAT LUBRICATOR

The Power of Image – The Image of Power

By LASALLE College of the Arts
Faculty of Fine Arts

14 January – 5 February 2016 

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This coproduction by the Alliance française de Singapour and LASALLE Faculty of Fine Arts will present the collaborative works by lecturers and students on the theme ‘The Power of Image – The Image of Power’.

The idea of the exhibition was developed by referencing two images from the realm of photojournalism as a starting point.
In the first image, an ecstatic Kim Jong Un marvels at an obscene mound of industrial lubricator while next to him an emaciated North Korean worker stare at it in a daze. The surreal paradox seen in the expressions of the Great Leader and that of his fellow citizen towards the unknowingly explicit object of their wonderment inspired the title referencing Salvador Dali’s famous painting The Great Masturbator.

In the other one, the Italian movie star Sophia Loren, famous for her generous figure, looks clearly upset by the even more opulent breast of Jayne Mansfield seating next to her at a dinner table. Oblivious to her surroundings, she openly expresses her discontentment, an uncouth behaviour captured by a paparazzo for everyone to see.

The first image stands as the epitome of staged propaganda at the service of political power. The other is an amusing example of the malicious paparazzi eye that makes the carefully constructed image of the rich and famous crumble to mere illusion. Taken together they make the two sides of the photographic coin that plays such an important role in the way power is nowadays generated, perceived, managed and consumed.

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Lecturers responded to an open call and selected a student(s) to work with, creating a work in any medium of their choice. The different sensibilities and practices result in a wide range of explorations examining the relation between image and power from diverse points of view: social, historical, political, Freudian, etc. Ultimately, the exhibition hopes to investigate the role of images as a ‘great lubricator’ in the power play at work in human society since the dawn of time.

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December 2015 / January 2016

ACTRESSES

by Kate Barry

3 December 2015 – 9 January 2016

C Deneuve V2( Catherine Deneuve, photo Kate Barry) 04 O copieAlliance française de Singapour is delighted to welcome the exhibition “Actresses”, a tribute to Kate Barry who died prematurely in December 2013, and to her great talent as a photographer. And a simultaneous tribute by Kate Barry to film actresses, and French film actresses in particular, from the best-known stars to new talents: Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Emmanuelle Béart, Mélanie Laurent or Adèle Exarchopoulos …

An original and feminine exhibition produced by the Institut français in Paris – also responsible for its international distribution – in partnership with Roman de Kermadec, Kate Barry’s son, and curated by the photographer and journalist Aline Arlettaz.

As written by Anne Tallineau (General Director – Institut français in Paris), « Through the lens of her most unusual artist’s eye, the 25 portraits made by Kate Barry are striking for their great beauty and their indefinable, hushed and melancholic atmosphere, where merge a combination of spareness and sobriety, precise composition and mise en scène, and painstaking background work. Kate Barry had a peerless way of capturing each and every actress in their most personal aspects, complementing their media images, precisely in their gaze which so powerfully delivers, creates or reinstates —it matters little—natural beauty and silent mystery.

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From one portrait to the next, a paradoxical aesthetic is unfurled, linking what is extremely contemporary to afterimages of the past, combining systems for presenting offbeat bodies and décors with the sensitive expression of a deep-seated intimacy, be it real or imaginary.

From one photograph to the next, either black-and-white or colour, the history of the arts, revisited and appropriated, makes
its way discreetly into the work— evocation of abandoned bodies of odalisques, baroque mirror systems, Surrealist inspiration as in this lovely portrait of Elsa Zylberstein in the manner of Man Ray…

After the exhibitions she held in Japan, Italy and France, the Institut français is keen for this exhibition paying tribute to
Kate Barry, giving pride of place to the film actresses she was so fond of, should enjoy the best possible reception within the French cultural network and its partners throughout the world ».

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14 December – 10 January
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November 2015

THE ESSENCE

by Antoine Rameau
3 – 26 November 20115

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Featuring 35 of Antoine Rameau’s latest photo-collages, this new exhibition will present a series of vintage-style collages referring to iconic pin-ups and brands from the 1950-60s’ to express “THE ESSENCE” of dreams, beauty and desire, as well as the birth of “consumer society”.

Inspired by an eclectic range of sources including comics, Pop Art, Street Art and the Recycled Art movement, Rameau started experimenting with collage early on. He explored different techniques, from Surrealist juxtaposition to Cubist construction, and slowly developed his unique style while collecting evocative images of mixed origins (namely Western and Asian) and turning them into oniric new visual worlds. Each collage tells an elaborate story filled with multiple symbols and often satirical messages, which viewers can interpret based on their own experiences.

His works are fully hand-made: all pictures and papers are cut, transformed and glued together through a complex and meticulous “recycling” process. Rameau loves the idea of “giving photos a true second-life” being part of a new visual creation. “Sometimes, pictures that I mixed have absolutely nothing in common but I amazingly feel they were meant to be assembled together”, he says.

A lush representation of nature was playing a key role in his early fantastic works, where trees, flowers, rocks and wild (often weird) animals were taking central stage. In sharp contrast with these idealized nature, the artefacts of technology and standardization embodied an invasive and sometimes threatening modernity.

His recent creations draw from a singular combination of vintage photographs, old maps, newspapers and comics. Antoine Rameau will exhibit his work in 2016 at GALERIE FRANÇOIS MASART, Paris 3e, France

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October 2015

TOTEM

by Diana Lui

8 – 31 October 2015

Diana Lui ( born May 7, 1968 in Malaysia) is a Franco-Belgian photographer, artist and filmmaker of Chinese origin from Malaysia. Due to political and economic instability, she was sent in the 1980’s at age 14 to further her studies in Los Angeles, California. After 12 years in the United States, Lui immigrated to Europe, first to Belgium and finally to France in 1998. Lui’s transient life between three different continents has developed in her a heightened sense of “rootlessness”. This “loss of self ” became later the center from which her art took shape.

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In collaboration with Alliance française de Kuala Lumpur, Totem features 27 modern-day portraits of women from all over Malaysia and Morocco dressed in traditional costumes. This thoroughly contemporary photography project expertly fuses past and present ideas of femininity and the roles women play within each strikingly beautiful image. A master with the 8×10 inch view camera, Diana Lui develops projects over several years. Lui’s large format photographic portraits have been compared to August Sander’s portraits.

Her works have been exhibited and collected by some of the most prestigious institutions in the world – Institut du Monde Arabe, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Guangdong Museum of Art, Shanghai Art Museum, Fototeca de Monterrey in Mexico, Museo de Bellas Artes Caracas in Venezuela and Musée de la Photographie de Charleroi. In recent years, she has expanded into installation art inside museums and on cultural and historical sites. She recently presented series of striking portraits on women in traditional costume from Tunisia at the Institut du Monde Arabe (Arab World Art Institute) in Paris.

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September 2015

FRANCE + SINGAPORE PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS AWARD

10 September – 3 October 2015

This year Alliance française de Singapour is holding their 6th France + Singapore Photographic Arts Award (FSPAA), a photography competition multiculturalism theme that aims to feature French and Singaporean professional artists on an international platform.

The top 10 finalists: Zinkie AW, Brice BOURDET, Lavender CHANG, Jeremy GOH GUO HUA, LIM Hong Wei, WONG Miao Hui, Lada NEOBERDINA, CHEE Wei Teck, Wan Fong WOO, and Jazreel YEO, have won a group exhibition in Société Générale Gallery, which will be held from the 10th of September until the 3rd of October 2015.

The FINAL WINNER will win a solo exhibition in Société Générale Gallery in 2016.

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Lee Chor Lin has played an active role in developing Singapore’s art scene for the past 28 years; from being a Southeast Asian Art curator to leading the redevelopment of the National Museum of Singapore as their Director. Presently, she is the CEO of Arts House Limited, the holding company of Singapore International Festival of the Arts.

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Gwen Lee is the co-founder and director of Singapore International photography Festival and DECK gallery – an independent art space that supports Southeast Asian contemporary photography. In 2010, she was nominated and awarded with the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Culture award for her contribution to the art scene, in Singapore.

 

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BUILDING BRIDGES

by Joni Toh & Stephanie Jennifer

13 August – 3 September 2015

Building Bridges is an exhibition that aims to make links between cultures and religions, as well as humans and animals, reminding us that we’re not very different from one another.

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The exhibition focuses on the vast beauty that the world has to offer; the spirituality of astrology and zodiacs, the beauty of animals and human faces. Joni Toh and Stephanie Jennifer, the mother-daughter aspirant artists, use ink as their primary medium. They feel that ink explores the duality within the world and the human soul –good versus evil, dark versus light. With black, white, and grey ink, the artists are able to strip away the noise of color and focus fully on the ideas that they want to portray. They also incorporated a method called Zentangle that is used to create images by drawing structured patterns in their artworks.

 

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COLOURS OF ARMENIA

By Sharis GARABEDIAN

20 July – 5 August 2015
Mon to Fri, 11am to 7pm
Sat, 11am to 5pm
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Considering her photographs “paintings of reality”, Sharis refuses both the subterfuge of Photoshop and staged situations. Her work is an invitation to discover beauty beyond our preconceived notions and expectations. In the stunning beauty of deserted Armenian landscapes, pre-fabricated houses and broken down pieces of a car allude unpredictably to a personal and universal quest of identity.

The photographs are also a sheer ode to beauty, fostering on the perfection of forms, textures and colours naturally present in our surroundings and usually overlooked. The medium of photography allows the artist to transform discarded and accidental objects into pieces of art and ultimately to abstract the quintessence of objects.

Similarly to many displaced people all over the world, the artist feels the urgency to go back to her roots. Colours of Armenia allude both to the natural beauty of the country and to the colours of the flag.

This exhibition is an opportunity to embark on a different journey. Following the steps of the early Armenian settlers who contributed to the creation of icons of Singapore like the Raffles Hotel, and the national flower, the orchid Vanda Miss Joachim, the artist is eager to discover a shared history, one less told but not less real. With the story of the successful Armenian diaspora in mind, the viewer is invited to look further than the landscapes of the artist’s abandoned country in the direction of the vibrant and successful city of Singapore – yet a city with its own displaced people and visitors.

 

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THE LITTLE PRINCE IN THE DARK

By Arnaud Nazare-Aga
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6 May – 20 June 2015 :

Admission is free

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French visual artist Arnaud Nazare-Aga started a meaningful collaboration with the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation in 2014, and together they have conceived a unique touring art exhibition of never-before-seen sculptures inspired by the original watercolour illustrations of Antoine de Saint Exupéry’s universally-renowned book, The Little Prince. Two one-of-a-kind exhibitions paying tribute to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry will be presented for the very first time in Singapore as part of “Voilah!”, French festival Singapore”, a major French cultural festival organised by the French Embassy and the Institut Français Singapour, in collaboration with the French Chamber of Commerce, which will take place from 4th May to 21st June 2015 to celebrate SG50.

First published in 1943, The Little Prince is both the most-read and most-translated book in the French language, and was voted the best book of the 20th century in France. Translated into more than 270 languages and dialects and selling nearly two million copies annually, it has become the best-selling book ever published. Though ostensibly styled as a children’s book, The Little Prince makes several observations about life and human nature including the famous lines uttered by the fox to the Little Prince: “One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eyes.”

THE LITTLE PRINCE IN THE DARK, Alliance française de Singapour (6th May – 20th June)

This innovative exhibition also aims to give blind or visually impaired children and adults access to all the poetry, magic and dreams of the most widely-translated literary work in the world. The white sculptures displayed in an entirely black room will have a fluorescent lacquer so that the public who can see can relate to the experience of the visually handicapped.Echoing this well-known quote, this world first held at Alliance francaise de Singapour (6th May-20th June 2015) attempts to bring Saint-Exupéry’s illustrations to life by the sense of touch. The artist has created 13 all-white sculptures with relief (to be discovered by the senses of touch and hearing) that will be presented in the dark. All the magic, dreams and poetry of Saint-Exupery’s beloved book will thus be revealed in a new way never imagined before. Visitors of this exciting exhibition will immerse themselves in the dream world of The Little Prince and its planets by touching the sculptures while listening to an audio version of the book. Several languages will be available including Chinese, English and French.

During this exhibition, the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation will also present the first-ever edition of The Little Prince in Braille (in English and French) with drawings in relief, which was published by blind artist Claude Garrandes in partnership with Universcience. This pioneering work aims to become a tool for sharing and transmitting between sighted and sightless people, human relations so dear to the heart of the writer-pilot. As part of its philanthropic activities, the Foundation will offer several copies of this unique book to Singaporean charities for blind children including Singapore Association of the visually handicapped and blind (SAVH) and to the National Library of Singapore.

ABOUT VOILAH!

Voilah ! French Festival Singapore will be held from 4th May to 21st June 2015. The festival wants to be firmly anchored in the Singaporean landscape and promote French creativity and innovation in culture, science, education and gastronomy. Voilah! aims to be a meeting point between French and Singaporean communities, and is, above all, a celebration of a strong relationship built over the years with our Singaporean partners, institutions and cultural and scientific centres.

In 2015, the festival will be a contribution to the celebrations of 50 years of Singapore and diplomatic relations between the two countries. Voilah! is organized by the Institut Français Singapour and the French Embassy, in collaboration with the French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.

ABOUT THE ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPERY YOUTH FOUNDATION

True to the spirit of the French author and aviator who defended a society based on respect for humankind, cultural diversity, cooperation, commitment and individual responsibility, the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation was established in 2008 under the aegis of the Fondation de France by the heirs of the author of The Little Prince and his admirers from the worlds of aeronautics and literature.

This international charitable organisation aims to honour and perpetuate Saint-Exupéry’s legacy by supporting projects for underprivileged children around the world in the field of education and the fight against illiteracy. More than a universal icon, The Little Prince embodies meaningful humanist values, which guides our Foundation’s activities for youth worldwide.

The Paris-based humanitarian organisation thus contributes to improving the everyday lives of disadvantaged youth and helping them attain better futures by financing long-term educational and cultural programmes with local non-profit organisations.

“One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye,” says the fox to the Little Prince in the French classic. True to these words, the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation launched the very first special edition of drawings from The Little Prince adapted to tactile reading for visually-challenged people, accompanied by descriptions in Braille in both French and English, on December 2014 in Paris. This unique book, which will give blind and visually-impaired children and adults access to this poetic tale, its illustrations and texts, will be presented for the first time in Singapore in May 2015 at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore and the Alliance Française of Singapore during the “Voilah!” French cultural festival.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation website: www.fasej.org

 

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A VISION OF HOPE – A MESSAGE OF AWARENESS

Paintings by Chioh Kai Xu
Alliance francaise de Singapour – Level 2

5 May – 20 June

Admission is free

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Kai Xu was born 7 years ago with Sturge Weber Syndrome, an incurable condition which primarily affects the brain causing seizures and Glaucoma in the affected eye.
He underwent his first eye operation at age 3 weeks and in spite of all efforts over the years the vision in his right eye has been reduced to 10%.
Powerful medication which must be taken for life is used in a delicate balancing act to prevent ongoing brain seizures which can potentially result in brain damage.
He is currently being home-schooled as seizures in infancy and earlier years have taken their toll on his cognitive development.
Despite the medical challenges he has persevered in a course of art since age 5 which his parents enrolled him in to help cultivate attention and a sense of calm.
This exhibition showcases his work thus far.
It is intended to create awareness of this medical condition which is even misdiagnosed by many doctors.
It is intended to give hope to parents of newborns that out of all the treatments, operations, constant medication and problems with education, something creative can emerge.
When Kai Xu was born there were fewer than 10 children in Singapore diagnosed with this syndrome.
This exhibition is dedicated to that initial group of children and to those diagnosed in the future and to their parents who face lifelong challenges caused by a condition that strikes randomly and not being linked to genetic causes cannot be predicted.

Click on links below to know more about this project:
http://www.onemorepiece.com.sg/

 

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A TRAVELLER’S REVERIE

Photographic Memories of Afghanistan’s past
By Olivier Rolland

SOCIETE GENERALE Gallery Alliance française de Singapour

2 – 22 April 2015 :

Admission is free

Numbered prints are available for sale

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Alliance francaise de Singapore is pleased to present A TRAVELLER’S REVERIE: Photographic Memories of Afghanistan’s past, a unique photographic Exhibition of Afghanistan and its people from 1925 to 1934 when the country opened up to the outside world and foreign influence for the very first time.

On show from the 2nd – 22nd of April 2015, the exhibition, curated and designed by Olivier Rolland, is the result of a selection of black-and-white photographs which convey the richness of this forgotten landscape.

The exhibition draws together 32 black-and-white images and 50 stereoscopic or 3D pictures of landscapes and Afghan people in their everyday lives, in souks, villages and the countryside.

“The purpose of this exhibition is to share with visitors a glimpse of a unique and special distant culture. This window on Afghanistan’s past was opened to me as a child when I stumbled upon a treasure trove of pictures taken by my grand-father, Albert Léon, almost a century ago.” said Mr Rolland.

 A significant part of the exhibition is dedicated to the viewing of authentic 3 dimensional pictures of a past age. It is little known how popular and widespread the art of 3D was before 1930. Especially for the exhibition, the stereoscopics or 3D pictures have been processed from the scans of the original photographic glass plates.

 “The technique makes the pictures all the more vivid and moving. And acts as a crystal ball. There is a stark contrast between the immediacy and intimacy of these close views of people you can almost touch, and the unmistakable feeling that this is a bygone era, never to be seen again.” said Mr Rolland.

The Exhibition offers views of contemporary events, such as the Croisière Jaune or Citröen expedition that ran through Afghanistan and the entire expanse of Nothern Asia.

 It highlights the epic of the first archaeological research and excavations that unveiled the rich and complex historical layers of this land.

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SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE: TIME IS NOW!

How Francophone talents are shaping Singapore 

Roundtable: 11 March 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Speakers: Yann Follain, architect, designer and WY-TO founding partner, Manuel Der Hagopian, Partner & Co-founder of group8asia, Stéphane Lasserre, Design Principal at B+H Architects (Singapore), Eng-Kiat Tan, Vice President , Surbana Urban Planning & Design. Moderator: Carrie Nooten, journalist Radio France, RFI, France24 TV.

Singapore has emerged as a model of sustainable architecture in Asia — an important development in a region that is urbanizing more rapidly than any other in the world. Leading experts from France, Switzerland and Canada will showcase some of the most innovative and exciting green buildings projects they are currently working on and tell us all about what is happening NOW. The roundtable and exhibition will also give a glimpse of what the near future holds.

archi Exhibition 11-29 March
Free entrance

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FSPAA 2016 Open Call Application

Alliance française de Singapour is searching for the next big photographic artist.
This is an international open call for the 7th France + Singapore Photographic Arts Award (FSPAA), an award that aims to feature French and Singaporean professional artists. Providing a platform to showcase their creative talents to an international audience, this award raises awareness of the experimental and emerging styles of photographic art. It is also organized to promote the exchange of artistic knowledge, experiences, and ideas between the artists from France and Singapore.
Applicants are required to propose between 3 to 6 photographs. A judging panel consisting of 4 creative industry professionals will select 10 finalists from the open call proposals. If you are selected to be one of the top 10 finalists, 3 of your artworks will be exhibited at the finalist group exhibition held at Société Générale Gallery from the 1st of December until the 22nd of December 2016. The WINNER of the competition will be announced on the opening night of finalist group exhibition.

The GRAND PRIZE for the WINNER is a SOLO EXHIBITION at Alliance française de Singapour’s Société Générale Gallery in 2017!*
* (Note: if the WINNER is a French/Singaporean Artist based outside of Singapore, Alliance française de Singapour will fund his/her trip to Singapore for their solo exhibition in 2017)

THE THEME
Nonconformism

THE CRITERIA
– You have to be a French or Singaporean citizen (including PR) to be eligible to apply.
– Below 40 years old.
– The dimension of the artworks should specifically be 50cm x 70cm (it could either be landscape or portrait)
– The artworks need to be relevant to the theme of the competition (the relevance should be explained in the artist statement)
– The complete proposal (with all the necessary contents included) needs to be submitted before the DEADLINE: 15 October 2016.

THE PROPOSAL CONTENT
1) Letter of interest and Artist Statement
o Explain the concept of your artwork / relevance to the theme
o 250 – 350 words
o Word document format

2) Artist Biography
o 250 – 350 words
o Word document format

3) Curriculum Vitae
o 1 page
o State your educational background and previous exhibitions
o Word document format

4) Photographs
o Soft copy
o High resolution
o Has to be 50cm x 70cm in dimension (either portrait or landscape)
o You can submit 3-6 photos in your proposal, but only 3 photos will be selected for the group exhibition (Alliance française will be in charge of printing, framing and putting up the artworks in the group exhibition)

Please send in your proposals via e-mail to: gallery-eventassist@alliancefrancaise.org.sg

DEADLINE for open call proposal submission: 15 OCTOBER 2016

FSPAA Judges: Anne-Garance Primel, Executive Director of Alliance française de Singapour
Pauline Ferré, Cultural Programming Manager of Alliance française de Singapour + 2 more judges to be confirmed
If you have any questions, please contact: gallery-eventassist@alliancefrancaise.org.sg

 

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Gallery

The Société Générale Gallery is an exceptional multi-dimensional space presenting exhibitions with a strong focus on photography all year round. It allows our visitors to explore the richness and diversity of visual arts from renowned and emerging artists from Singapore, France, and all over the world.

We collaborate with local and international institutions and artists to bring to life ten exhibitions per year on average in the form of co-productions or productions.

Since 2015, Alliance française’s Société Générale Gallery has been strengthening its position as a photographic arts venue. Our curatorial team receives all applications with great interest. If you wish to apply for a co-production project, please fill in the Application Form.

Gallery Floor PlanTechnical specifications

  • Gallery space: 127 sq.m
  • Ceiling height: 2.825m
  • Sliding door: 1.6 x 2.7m
  • Temporary hanging panels (optional, according to the needs of each exhibition): 1.19m x 2.7m each