The Unfamiliarity of the Familiar


My friends are having an exhibition this weekend at the Arts House. As part of Objectifs’ Shooting Home program, I’m curious how the photographers have developed over the course of one year. Do check out the exhibition or join them for the guided tour on Oct 10 for more insight into their works.

The Unfamiliarity of the Familiar presents the photographic works of nine diversely different individuals coming together to present their point of views and their take on the world and issues around them. These individuals – students, homemakers, and young professionals amongst them, use the language of photography to create their narratives on themes ranging from alienation, familial ties, identity to sexuality.
Among these artists a common thread runs through their presented works. The intention of each artist is to bring a facet of their experience of the unfamiliar in things that are familiar to us. In the process of doing so, a new light is shed on sights and scenes that are commonly seen around us such that they become somewhat less predictable and a little more unfamiliar.

Despite the diversity of the themes and influences found in the works, the exhibition aims to achieve cohesiveness in the overall presentation through strategic investigative motifs and approaches. And in so doing, it is hoped that these approaches will give rise to new insights and spectacles of the modern world.

The exhibition is curated by Francis Ng, a local award-winning mixed media artist. Artists featured: Chen Wei Li, Ulla Gratton, Malcolm Koh, Jean Qingwen Loo, Kevin Seow, Mulyadi Syariffudin Tan Ching Yee, Tan Bee Hoon and Shaun Tan.

Venue: The Arts House at Old Parliament
1 Old Parliament Lane
Dates: 1 Oct till 21 Oct 2009
Opening Hours: 10 am – 10pm daily
Guided Tour: 10 Oct 2009 (Sat) 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Official Opening: 30 Sept 2009 (Wed) 7.30pm – 10pm