HAPPENINGText: Dorothy Ng
Fresh perspectives of Japan as seen through the lens of 24 Young Singaporean photographers. These 24 students may not be top-notched photographers. Not yet. But they may one day. Together, they went to Japan on a 2-week photography trip and brought home with them interesting and individualistic takes of Japan.
KonnichiWHOA! is the culmination of the experiences and memories, of the interesting sights and sounds in Japan, of the different Japanese people they met and interacted encountered.
Individualism is the common thread that binds this exhibition. The kaleidoscopic exhibition captures the rich cultures of Japan through the eyes of these youth, its people, architecture in over 200 photographic works. You can expect a fresh breath of sights, the students’ creative interpretation of Japan and their varied photography styles reflected in their photography works.
Shot with ranging mediums in locations from Kyoto, Osaka, Mount Fuji and Tokyo, the 2-week exhibition reveals Japan through the hopeful and credulous eyes of these youth, untainted by the influence of commercial photography.
“Konnichiwhoa epitomises the energy and creativity of 24 young talents who share the common passion in photography. We hope that visitors would leave the gallery, feeling refreshed by the unusual perspectives of Japan the exhibition offers, amazed by the sights of Japan that they have never seen before and walk out of the gallery saying ‘KonnichiWHOA!’,” said Chow Chee Yong, the lecturer of these students in Temasek Polytechnic.
KonnichiWHOA! is presented by a group of 19-year-old Visual Communication final-year students from Temasek Polytechnic. From printing, installation to mounting, marketing and sponsorship, the students have undertaken multiple roles and worked hard to realise their dream of having this exhibition. The prints of this exhibition are sponsored by Cathay Photo Store Pte Ltd and Supporting Sponsor, The Shooting Gallery Asia.
“There is a sense of innocence and a tinge of rawness in the photographic works by these young budding photographers. The variety of photography techniques, individualistic styles and themes make this exhibition an interesting one. This exhibition would make one revisit their memories of Japan and see the country in a different light,” said Gwen Lee, Director, 2902 Gallery.
Date: July 18th – August 1st, 2008
Opening hours: 11:00 – 20:00 (Sunday 13:00 – 18:00)
Place: 2902 Gallery, Singapore
Text: Dorothy Ng