The Open Call for the 7th Singapore International Photography Festival begins now!
The theme for this year’s festival is Departing and Arriving, which addresses the sense of identity, belonging and journey in artistic creation. The theme connects to the heart of Singapore, a nation built up of migrants over the last two centuries. As a young nation we question, search, trace and grow into being ”Singaporean” – a nationality of diverse religion, beliefs, and languages.
From a global perspective, Departing and Arriving also points to ongoing human movement, of commonalities between the experiences and encounters of different societies around the world. The festival hopes to uncover stories from communities and individuals of the past and present, as well as the characteristics of the artistic journey—where an idea or vision is expanded to a myriad of possibilities expressed through installation, videos, drawings and multimedia works.
In the festival’s last edition in 2018, over 500 photographic works and 68 photobooks by 131 artists from 31 countries were featured across 7 different locations in the city. During this period, the festival exhibition and programmes (mostly free admission) received 258,227 visitors from within Singapore and all over the world.
Ultimately, the theme is open to interpretation, and SIPF seeks diverse proposals from the international community for showcase in Singapore.