This is the fourth year that the Obscura Festival has taken place during the George Town festival. Each year, the festival hosts a series of exhibitions, talks, workshops, portfolio reviews and slide shows.
This year the Festival offers us eleven exhibitions, taking place in various locations around George Town.
The “One Percent Show” or “1%: Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality”, is curated by Myles Little, a photo editor based in New York City. In it, he has gathered images from around the world that examine wealth, such as this one from the Paolo Woods & Gabriele Galimberti Institute, which shows a man floats in the 57th-floor swimming pool of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, with the skyline of the Singapore financial district behind him. The exhibition is at the Whiteaways Arcade on Beach Street, whose opening hours are 10am-6pm daily. In addition, the curator will be talking about the exhibition on Sunday 21st August at 12pm, in the venue.
Meanwhile, in”West Country” Talia Herman captures the vestiges of the Californian counter culture in which she grew up. Her photographs display motifs of marijuana consumption and cultivation, careful stewardship of the environment and more ambiguous and experimental gender behaviours as people enjoy greater freedom in their bodies. These things stem from attitudes forged in the ‘60s and ‘70s.
Here exhibition is at the Camera Museum on Muntri Street, opening hours are 10am-6pm, and she will be giving a talk on August 26th at 4pm at the same venue.
“The Immense Night” is Russian photographer Alice Resnik’s bleak documentation of a Russia and Ukraine of “leaden-coloured sceneries, dying factories, echoing empty halls, old rooms still keeping a subtle feeling of the past, and faces, people’s faces… Hurried glances, small awkward gestures, hands searching for a support, grief or harshness in the corner of an eye” . Her exhibition is at 145 Victoria Street, 10am-6pm, with a talk by the curator on August 22nd at 12pm in the same venue.
Full details of these exhibitions and the other eight, plus the timetable of talks, workshops and masterclasses, are available at http://www.obscurafestival.com/2016/2016-schedule-httpwww-obscurafestival-comp2894previewtrue/ and on their facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/obscurafestival.