Festival OBSCURA - Festival of Photography

OBSCURA 2019 OBSCURA 2019

Fri, 16.08.2019 -
Wed, 21.08.2019

Hin Bus Depot

31A, Jalan Gurdwara
10300 George Town

OBSCURA is Malaysia’s premier photography festival that celebrates photography from Asia and around the globe in its 7th edition. Each year, the festival hosts a series of exhibitions, talks, workshops, portfolio reviews and slide shows. The aim of the festival is rooted in education, understanding and togetherness through premier events that take place throughout the festival. This year the curatorial topic of OBSCURA 2019 will be subculture. The OBSCURA Festival is embedded within The George Town Festival, a major international festival of the arts and culture in South East Asia.
 

We are very pleased to announce, that two German photographers, Simon Menner and Hannes Wiedemann, will be contributing to the Obscura Festival of Photography 2019. Both photographers are going to exhibit their works, implement portfolio reviews and artist talks.


Simon Menner © Simon Menner Simon Menner is a Berlin-based photographer, who will be showing his Photography series on the Surveillance System of the German-Democratic Republic at the Obscura Festival of Photography called Images from the Secret Stasi Archives or: what does Big Brother see, while he is watching?. After the fall of the Berlin Wall 1989, it was finally possible for the public to get access to the archives of the German Democratic Republic’s Ministry for State Security (Stasi), one of the most effective surveillance apparatuses in the world. Simon Menner studied parts of the huge archive and selected some pictures with the aim to give the public the opportunity to look inside a world that operates in secret.
In 2007, Menner graduated with a MFA from the University of Arts, Berlin and since then participated in numerous solo- and group shows. His work has already been shown in places like C/O Berlin, Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago and Museum of Photography Berlin, just to name a few. More information on Simon Menner and his show can be found here: Simon Menner 
 

Simon Menner: Exhibition & Talks

EXHIBITION: Images from the Secret Stasi Archives or: what does Big Brother see, while he is watching?
5-31 August 2019
Hin Bus Depot, 10300 George Town, Penang

PROJECTS: Images from the Secret Stasi Archives or: what does Big Brother see, while he is watching?
Curatorial Walk | Sunday, 18 August 2019 | 12 pm
Hin Bus Depot, 31A, Jalan Gurdwara, 10300 George Town, Penang

ADDRESSING PROPAGANDA
Artist Talk | Monday, 19 August 2019 | 12 pm
Hikayat, 226, Beach St, Georgetown, 10300 George Town, Penang

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Hannes Wiedemann © Hannes Wiedemann Hannes Wiedemann is a photographer with a special focus on portraiture, technology and the arts. Therefore, in his series Grinders, he decided to set off to track down the Grinders – communities of body hackers from rural areas of the US who implant machines into their bodies in a bid to go "trans-human". Grinders is a project that Wiedemann has worked on from 2015-2019. It was shortlisted for BJP’s 2017 Breakthrough Awards and will be shown at the Obscura Festival of Photography 2019.
Hannes Wiedemann is a graduate of the highly appreciated Ostkreuz School of Photography, Berlin. With having shown at the Daegu Photo Biennale in Daegu/South Korea, the Riga Photography Biennal in Riga, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb and several other art spaces. More information on Hannes Wiedemann and the show can be found here: Hannes Wiedemann
 
 

Hannes Wiedemann: Exhibition & Talks

EXHIBITION: GRINDERS
5-31 August 2019
Hin Bus Depot, 10300 George Town, Penang

PROJECTS: GRINDERS
Curatorial Walk | Saturday, 17 August 2019 | 12pm
Hin Bus Depot, 31A, Jalan Gurdwara, 10300 George Town, Penang

HACKING THE HUMAN BODY
Artist Talk | Tuesday, 20 August 2019 | 2pm
Hin Bus Depot, 1A, Jalan Gurdwara, Georgetown, 10300 George Town, Penang

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The OBSCURA Festival of Photography is supported by the Goethe-Institut Malaysia.
 
 

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