25th March 2006, 01:48 AM
Exhibition in Netherlands calling for SE Asia entries
Saw this on lightstalkers.org, an online community for photo professionals and those who are just interested in the industry.
LEEUWARDEN, THE NETHERLANDS SEPTEMBER 10 through OCTOBER 29 2006
OPENING SEPTEMBER 9 FRIES MUSEUM
Focus on South and Southeast Asia
In 2006 the 13th edition of the Noorderlicht Photofestival will be held at various locations in and around Leeuwarden, with the main exhibition in the Fries Museum and Museum Het Princessehof. Just like Africa Inside (2000), Mundos Creados (2002) and Nazar (2004) before, the event is structured so as to devote attention to non-Western photography: South and Southeast Asia.
Although interest in this particular quarter of the world has increased sharply since the tsunami, Asian photographers still enjoy little recognition in the West.
25th March 2006, 12:11 PM
25th March 2006, 01:21 PM
Re: Exhibition in Netherlands calling for SE Asia entries
...."turbulent conflict between tradition and Western modernization, in part fed by economic globalization, that characterizes our times."
"The region on which the exhibition focuses attention is characterized by a chaos of intriguing social, economic, political, religious and cultural contrasts. These discrepancies are the starting point for the exhibition. The contrasts examined are found not only between the countries named, but also internally, within the countries. The contrasts between rich and poor, city and countryside, Hinduism and Islam, tradition and modernity are considerably sharper in this region than elsewhere in the world. Intensified in the maelstrom of globalization, the tensions which arise from this, and may rise in the future, will play a dominant role in world politics for decades to come."
"The countries of the other Asia regularly appear in the news as potential flash points or disaster zones, as economies storming ahead, or falling flat. Seeking a perspective that reaches beyond the ephemerality of what passes for 'news', the exhibition intends to delve deeper into the self-image of the region, without falling into exoticism."....
From what i gather, i can roughly put it in a few words - there's not enough obvious **** happening in Singapore for them. What really disturbs me is their lack of understanding about the "chaos of intriguing social, economic, political, religious and cultural contrasts" and "turbulent conflict between tradition and Western modernization, in part fed by economic globalization, that characterizes our times". If you can't see this in Singapore, then i think you're truly blinded by transparent faith.
Worse still if they're just listing countries based on their development classification. Singapore is considered a developed country btw.