Exploring the interconnectedness between our interior worlds and the elemental

By Ng Hui Hsien

11 Jul – 6 Aug 2023
Lower Gallery, Objectifs
Free admission

Exhibition Opening
Tue 11 Jul, 12pm – 9pm
*The artist will be present from 2pm – 8pm

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As Water Dances Through Us: Soundscape Meditation by Jean Reiki
Session 1: Fri 21 Jul, 7.30pm – 8.30pm / Session 2: Sat 22 Jul, 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Venue: Lower Gallery, Objectifs / Admission: $15

A Conversation with Ng Hui Hsien and Marc Glöde
Fri 28 Jul, 7.30pm – 8.30pm 
Workshop Space, Objectifs / Free admission

Lumen Printing Workshop with Ng Hui Hsien
Sat 29 Jul, 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Venue: Workshop Space, Objectifs
Workshop Fee: $90

Being with Water is a photographic work that explores the interconnectedness between our interior worlds and the elemental. It features unique silver gelatin prints suggestive of landscapes, dusk, and dawn, visually alluding to renewal and transformation, beginnings and endings, hope and loss – universal experiences as we navigate life.

To create these prints, the artist bypasses the camera and works directly and primarily with water, light, and photographic materials. For her, this hands-on analogue process is her attempt to better understand – and learn from – the characteristics of natural elements, especially water. In a way hence, Being with Water also invites us to see ourselves and draw lessons from the natural world around us.

Read an essay about the exhibition by Michelle JN Lim here.

About the artist

Ng Hui Hsien uses photography as a medium to explore themes such as (im)materiality and interconnectivity. She seeks to create work that holds the possibility of connection and clarity. Or a quiet counterbalance against dominating logics of instrumental rationality, incessant productivity, and linear, clockwork time.

In recent years, Hui Hsien has been concerned with depicting nature and interior states through alternative processes. Her work has been internationally exhibited in institutions, including Reykjavík Museum of Photography (Iceland). She graduated from the University of West of England (UWE) with a MA in Photography (Distinction).

Supported by:
National Arts Council
Objectifs – Centre for Photography & Film

Special thanks:
Aparna Nori
Bernadette Chablowski
David Chew 
Gérard Chablowski
Gérald Chablowski 
Khoo Guo Jie 
Sam I-shan 
Simon Wee
Wang Ruobing