Photos by migrant workers on "Moving" and "Ways of Seeing"

Lower Gallery and Courtyard, Objectifs
4 to 19 Sept 2021
Opening Livestream Event: Sun 5 Sep, 2pm via Zoom (Register here)

Admission: Free

The Migrant Workers Photography Festival is a biennial festival co-organised by both locals and migrants from many different countries that aims to showcase the creative talents of migrant workers in Singapore through photography, to amplify perspectives of the migrant community and to bridge the current social divide between the migrant and local community.

This year’s exhibition comprises two parts:

The indoor exhibition presents shortlisted works from the 131 submissions received and judged by award-winning photographers Xyza Cruz Bacani and Alecia Neo, which engaged with the theme Movingwhich describes movement, flows, transitions and action, but also affect and emotion.

In the time of Covid-19 where movement and freedom — especially for migrant workers — has been curtailed, these prompt reflection on why movement is important to various community members, through images that depict icons and infrastructure of movement, movement through time and space, emotional and personal journeys, and also movement’s opposite – stillness and rootedness.

Exhibiting finalists: Cruz Jhon Carlo Manayao (Philippines), de Domingo Christian Ureta (Philippines), Genelyn Joson (Philippines), George Ronnit (India), Khin Cherry Htwe (Myanmar), Liberato Esplana Penascosas (Philippines), Nay Zaw Lat (Myanmar), Rachelle R Julian (Philippines), Rajendran Vijaykanth (India), Rini Nurhayati (Indonesia), Ruby Velasco (Philippines), Thu Zar Myint (Myanmar)

Migrant Workers Photography Festival also presents the works of Ana Rohana, Aminiyati (Amy) Marthyn, Erma Stefhany, Istriyanti, Natasia, and Ruby C. Velasco. The works were created and workshopped over six months from July to December 2020. Participants worked with artists/photographers Joyce Chansingh, Dave Lim, Joseph Nair, Adar Ng, Charmaine Poh, Rifdi Bin Rosly, and Ernest Wu. A common theme that ran across the participants’ works was of different modes of perception — of seeing oneself, seeing others, and seeing one’s surroundings.


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The 2nd Migrant Workers Photography Festival is supported by Objectifs, AVS and Q Framing.

For more information, visit the Migrant Workers Photography Festival’s Facebook Page here.