An Hour @ The Museum: Women In Film at Objectifs Gallery


By Naoko Ogigami, film, 109 minutes

This film by Ogigami, a notable Japanese director whose works recall the quiet contemplation of auteurs such as Yasujiro Ozu, explores the life of an engineer who has to move in with his dysfunctional family when his Japanese-American mother dies.

It Can Be Better

By Liu Ying, digital fine-art print, 54x36cm

The cutlery stacked on dining mats is the Singaporean photographer's meditation on howseeking perfection in living habitscan backfire.

Visual arts centre Objectifs pays tribute to women, screening short films and showcasing photos by female artists.

The stark, arresting works are by photographers and film-makers across Asia, from Japan to Iran.

The photographs were jointly curated by Objectifs director Emmeline Yong and curator Yumi Goto, while the films featured are by film-makers such as Thailand's Pimpaka Towira and Singapore's Sun Koh.


By Lara Tabet, digital fine-art print, 101.6x68.1cm

The Lebanese pathologist and visual artist went door to door in a Beirut neighbourhood, gathering stories about war and grief from women who recently lost a masculine figure. Its title seems to allude to Penelope, the faithful wife in Homer's Greek epic The Odyssey.

100 Years Between Us (After Frida Kahlo)

By Wawi Navarroza, giclee print on canvas, 42x59.4cm

The Filipino multi-disciplinary artist appropriated paintings of Mexican surrealist painter Frida Kahlo into her photographs to draw parallels between their lives and countries.


By Amak Mahmoodian, digital fine-art print, 35.6x54.2cm

The Iranian artist, who explores how codes of conduct shape a person's behaviour, relationships and identity, says of this portrait: "The scar I had on my finger became part of my identity next to my photograph."

Nearly There, Nearly Concrete, Chongqing

By Yang Yuanyuan, digital fine-art print, 59.4x84.1cm

The Chinese photographer, who delves into alternative historical narratives, revisited old places in the city of Chongqing. She juxtaposed her shots against modern architecture to "produce a montage of imagery forming new relations and dialogues".

The Umbrella Movement

By Nicole Tung, digital slideshow

The photographer documented the three-month-long protests in Hong Kong. She feels this selection of images falls somewhere between the empathy she felt for the protesters and her urge to tell the story for what it was.

Terribly Happy

By Pimpaka Towira, short film, 30 minutes

This short by Towira, an independent Thai film-maker, follows a young soldier who returns home to find that his girlfriend has left him for another, and his journey towards acceptance and closure.

Lee Jian Xuan

WHERE: Objectifs Gallery, 155 Middle Road

MRT: Bras Basah

WHEN: Till Nov 29, noon - 7pm (Tue - Sat), noon - 4pm (Sun), closed on Mon

ADMISSION: Free for photographers' showcase, $5 for film screening (available at the door or at


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 23, 2015, with the headline 'An Hour @ The Museum'. Print Edition | Subscribe