• 13 JULY – 31 AUGUST 2019

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PHOTOGRAPHY

SUBCULTURE: AN EXPLORATION INTO THE HUMAN STATE AND MIND BEING

  • 13 JULY – 31 AUGUST 2019 (THURS)
    9:00AM – 5:00PM
  • 13 JULY – 31 AUGUST 2019 (THURS)
    WEEKDAYS | 12:00PM – 6:00PM
    WEEKENDS | 12:00PM – 8:00PM

SEH TEK TONG CHEAH KONGSI

SOUNDMAKER STUDIO

Returning to George Town Festival for the seventh year is OBSCURA Festival of Photography, one of the most prominent photography festivals in the Asia Pacific region. This year, the festival curation revolves around the idea of subcultures. The theme explores the nuances at the edges of contemporary cultures that are responsible for the shifts we experience as a society. The exhibitions serve as an invitation toward important discussions that shape our realities. Featuring works by some of the most amazing photographers from around the world, the festival is a wonderful journey into our world through the language of photography.

FORUM & TALK | PHOTOGRAPHY

MIND THE GAP: NEW PERSPECTIVES ON RESEARCHING & WRITING MALAYSIAN HISTORY BY MAHEN BALA

  • 20 JULY 2019 (SAT)
    2:00PM – 3:00PM

HIKAYAT | 226, LEBUH PANTAI

For more than a century, railways have remained a mainstay in the lives of all Malaysians, a romantic symbol of nostalgia, industry and imperial ambition. As an agent of mobility for a large part of Malaysia’s modern history, it is impossible to separate the human element from these complex systems.

Postcards from the South (2018) is a multi-lingual, experimental history book, retracing the historic Southern Line, as well as giving voice to the railways, the people and the places they call home. During this talk, Mahen Bala will be sharing insights on the project, lessons learned, challenges and future plans.

FORUM & TALK | PHOTOGRAPHY

AVA & ANITA - PHOTOGRAPHY AS A SELF-RESTORING PROCESS BY HOO FAN CHON

  • 20 JULY 2019 (SAT)
    3:00PM – 4:00PM

HIKAYAT | 226, LEBUH PANTAI

During Fan Chon’s visit to an antique shop back in 2012, he chanced upon a collection of photographs of a young boy dated from 1950 to 1959, who religiously went to various photo studios in George Town to make a self-portrait. As the subject grew older, he started wearing make-up and cross-dressed in traditional costumes.

Confronted by a decade-long collection of someone’s personal photographic documentation during his formative years, Fan Chon was both intrigued and intimidated by the nature of intimacy of these personal records. After further investigation, he discovered that the main subject’s name was Ava who sadly passed on in 2017. He then got in touch with Anita, Ava’s lifelong friend who’s been featured in one of the photographs and interviewed her to learn about what drove them to make these studio self-portraits, the stories behind these images as she chronicles their bygone days in George Town since the 50s.

FORUM & TALK | PHOTOGRAPHY

GROWING YOUR AUDIENCE AS A PHOTOGRAPHER BY ROBIN WONG

  • 28 JULY 2019 (SAT)
    12:00PM – 1:00PM

HIKAYAT | 226, LEBUH PANTAI

Photography is a two-way communication. A photographer starts a conversation by sharing a photograph with viewers who subsequently respond to it. It is crucial to connect, engage and have a healthy relationship with a photography audience.

In order to do so, Robin Wong runs a photography blog to constantly share new images as well as his thought process in creating them, his ideas and experiences as a learning photographer. His audiences hold him accountable for what he said, both in words and through his photographs. They keep him grounded and constantly remind him that to be a better photographer, he has to be a better person first.

FORUM & TALK | PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE BY EKKARAT PUNYATARA

  • 28 JULY 2019 (SAT)
    1:00PM – 2:00PM

HIKAYAT | 226, LEBUH PANTAI

With or without notice, using photos to tell stories is a common practice in contemporary culture. Throughout the professional experience of Ekkarat as a photographer, he finds himself intrigued by the visual language and visual culture which have emanated from the mass use of the photographic medium as tools for communication and entertainment.

In this presentation, he will share some of his thoughts, visual examples of images he found as well as works by some of the most prolific artists, in the hope to make his members of the audience imagining the breadth and depth of this language and leave them with a new way of seeing photographs – and perhaps, become conscious about being visual storytellers themselves.