Charting a family's journey, alongside Singapore's development

By Ore Huiying

Chapel Gallery, Objectifs
29 Jul to 29 Aug 2021
Free admission

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

We Were Farmers 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.

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 narratives 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 United Kingdom in 2010. She has held solo exhibitions at Objectifs, Icat gallery in Laos, and at the Angkor Photo Festival in Cambodia, and has participated in numerous group shows.

Ore’s accolades include a nomination for ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu (2013), the Documentary Award in the Invisible Photographer Asia Awards (2018), recognition by the World Press Photo 6×6 Global Talent Program (2018), and a National Geographic Grant (2019) to continue her work examining the impact of Chinese-built dams on the Mekong River.

Apart from working on personal projects, Ore does commissioned work for international publications like The New York Times, Washington Post, Bloomberg, Le Monde and Getty Images, as well as for NGOs and commercial clients.