Objectifs Artist-in-Residence 2015

New-Zealander Fiona, who is Objectifs’ artist-in-residence in Jan-Feb 2015, talks about her artistic practice, which employs photography to articulate philosophical and anthropological objectives concerning the World War II, and their established images and corresponding narratives. She will also talk about the role of photography as it relates to Singapore’s experiences within WWII and introduce a range of contemporary photographic work that deal with complex military histories within Southeast Asia.

Date: 22 Jan 2015, Thu
Time: 730pm to 9pm
Venue: Objectifs
Admission: Free
Pre-registration needed. To register, please email your name and number of seats required to info@objectifs.com.sg


About Fiona Amundsen
Fiona’s academic background in social anthropology has been fundamental in defining her thinking and approach to photographic representation, documentary practice, and historical trauma, along with its’ subsequent memorialisation. Utilising pseudo ethnographic methods, her practice employs photography (and recently moving-image) to articulate philosophical and anthropological objectives concerning the representation of Anglo-American and Japanese pre/post world war two histories, and their established images and corresponding narratives. Working in a project, or field-work, orientated manner the aim here is to question how specific cities acknowledge their military histories, battles, and traumas within public and/or memorial sites. Her recent projects have included The First City in History (2010), which focuses on the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park: The Golden Waterway (2011), which focuses on The Bund, a recently restored site that was originally home to Shanghai’s mix of nineteenth century Anglo-America colonisers:Operation Magic (2012), which addresses the sites of the 1941 Japanese initiated Pearl Harbour attack: andThe Imperial Body (2013/14) which focuses on the contentious Japanese Yasukuni Shrine and the plight of Ben Kuroki, the only American of Japanese decent permitted to fight in aerial combat in the Asia Pacific Theatre of WWII. For more information, visit her website: http://fionaamundsen.com/