Open Season

Published on 8 June 2015

Not sure what to expect from The O.P.E.N.? These programme highlights offer a snapshot view

TEXT BY JO TAN

PABLO LARRAIN

Screenings from 20-22 June at The Projector, Golden Mile Tower, #05-00

If you’ve heard of Pablo Larrain, you’ll know he’s no bubblegum rom-com director. Shying away from touchy subjects is just not his cup of tea. Some of his favourite touchy topics are close to heart and home. Larrain was born a privileged child of two important government officials serving under Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, who was accused of numerous human rights violations. Yet Larrain denounces the ruler whom his parents worked for, declaring him the enemy of Chilean art and culture. In The O.P.E.N., the irrepressible Larrain presents a trilogy of multi-award winning, stunningly stark films about Chile’s troubled past under the dictator’s rule.

PHOTO Tony Manero, Pablo Larrain, 2008

THE PRICE OF NEGLECT

16 June-4 July, Deck, 120A Prinsep Street

Photojournalism series The Price of Neglect by Chinese photographer Lu Guang features a China that is coping with the cost of its exponential economic growth. A former factory worker, Lu’s searing images range from that of peasant farmers who contracted HIV/AIDS after trading their blood for fertiliser to the courageous fire-fighters who cleaned up the Dalian oil spill. Uncomfortably thought-provoking.

PHOTO  Courtesy of Lu Guang

15 STATIONS

17 June-4 July, Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

Engagement is a two-way process,” says Noorlinah Mohamed, creator of 15 Stations. “It shouldn’t stop at viewing something and saying, ‘I enjoyed that’. You should be able to come up with your own interpretation and response.” Accordingly, each visitor to the actress/director’s exhibition becomes a one-person performer and audience as they wander through the now-defunct Tanjong Pagar Railway Station that served the Singapore-Malaysia railway from 1932 to 2011. Armed with nothing but a smartphone app, you follow diverse ‘memory routes’ within the building’s aged spaces and meet characters — real and imagined — whose lives were affected by the Station, and you consider how your own life has been… or might have been.

PHOTO  Courtesy of Malvina Tan

All O.P.E.N. offerings are free with the O.P.E.N. pass. Limited single-entry tickets are available. Tickets and information can be found at sifa.sg/theopen.

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