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7th SIPF Photbook Open Call

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Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) is an international platform that aims to promote the arts and the appreciation of photography arts, as well as critical thought and academic discourse on photography in SEA

The theme of the upcoming 7th edition of SIPF 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. We reflect on questions such as: “Why do we trace? What have we found? What is our connection to our ancestral or cultural roots that have shifted over generations? What have we chosen to keep or discard to be who we are?”

From a global perspective, Departing and Arriving also points to ongoing human movement, of which there may be commonalities between the experiences and encounters of different societies around the world. The theme hopes to uncover stories from communities and individuals of the past and present, of both completed and ongoing works. Apart from personal narratives, it can also touch upon 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. Ultimately, the theme is open to interpretation, and SIPF seeks diverse proposals from the international community to present in Singapore.

The fast-growing interest in photobooks worldwide has paved a new way for showcasing and appreciating photography in Asia. The SIPF Open Call for Photobooks hopes to foster greater creative exchange and bring fresh inspiration to the local scene, by assembling a collection of the most creative photobooks from all over the world in one exhibition.

 

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