WE WERE FARMERS by Ore Huiying


Ore Huiying’s family have been farmers for generations, from the 1960s till 2020.

We Were Farmers, exhibiting at Objectifs from 29 Jul – 29 Aug 2021, is the culmination of her 12-year personal project documenting their experience and resilience, and a commentary on changing agricultural practices and urban development in Singapore, through photography.

The multimedia exhibition and photobook of the same title both comprise archival photos from family albums, text and video, in addition to Ore’s images, which reflect her position as a participant-observer: both as a documentary photographer, and as a member of the family.

We Were Farmers depicts the hopes, dreams and memories that tie Ore and her family together. It is a poignant tribute to not only the family farm, but also where her understanding of community and tradition, and sense of self, come from.

The book features an afterword by Terence Heng, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom.

The book will be on sale for $48 during the period of the exhibition, and comes with a complimentary copy of We Are Farmers by Ore Huiying (while stocks last).

About Ore Huiying
Ore Huiying is a documentary photographer from Singapore. Having been uprooted from a rural to an urban environment as the country underwent development, she is drawn to stories of people and places affected by development in Southeast Asia.

Ore completed her Masters of Arts in Photojournalism & Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication in the United Kingdom in 2010.

Besides photography, Ore also picked up her family’s affinity for farming and worked at her family’s hydroponic farm before its closure.

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DESIGNERS Studio SWELL, Vita Nikolaieva
YEAR 2021
DETAILS Softcover, 120pp

19.7 cm x 23 cm

First Edition of 600

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