We would like to invite you to a private artist talk about “Changing China: The Defining Years” on 21st June 7pm, featuring work by two Singapore photographers, Chua Chin Hon and How Hwee Young, who have documented the country’s social, physical and cultural transformation in recent years. The event will start by a tour of exhibition and followed by an open Q&A; session by Hwee Young and Chin Hon in which they will share more about their work and their experiences in China.
The rise of China is one of the most contentious stories of our times. The complex changes involved – from the drastic renewal of the country’s cities and the countryside, to Beijing’s new-found technological prowess and its assertiveness on the global stage – defy easy explanation, and have often divided global opinion. This exhibition gives a perspective from the ground up, as seen by two Singaporean photographers who have witnessed China’s transformation over the past 15 years.
In their first major showing in Singapore, Chua Chin Hon and How Hwee Young focus on the changing lives of the ordinary Chinese caught up in this wave of change. Their photographs also showcase the remarkable transformation of the country’s landscape, which has been reshaped by rapid urbanisation, ambitious engineering projects and global showcases like the Beijing Olympics.
We invite two Singapore photographers Chua Chin Hon and How Hwee Young who have documented the social, physical and cultural transformation of China in recent years. to discuss.
How Hwee Young
How Hwee Young is currently the Chief Photographer for China region with epa, based in Beijing. She began her career as a photojournalist in Singapore with The Straits Times in 2001, before joining the european pressphoto agency (epa) to cover Singapore and Southeast Asia in 2004. In 2010, she relocated to Beijing to join the agency’s China bureau.
She has covered world events such as the 2013 earthquake in Lushan, China, political protests in Thailand, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and the 2008 Summer Olympics in Bejing. Her images have been published in major publications, including Time Magazine, New York Times, The Guardian, International Herald Tribune and Le Monde. Her accolades include a POYi 2014 Award of Excellence in the Science and Natural history category and an Award of Excellence from Communication Arts 46th annual photography exhibition in 2005 for her work on the Asia Tsunami in Thailand. She was a jury member of the 58th World Press Photo contest in 2015.
Chua Chin Hon
Chua Chin Hon is currently an editor at TODAY, where he oversees the newsroom’s online coverage and digital transition. Prior to returning to Singapore in 2013, he spent a decade in Beijing and Washington DC as a foreign correspondent.
As an independent documentary photographer, he published his first monograph, 08.08.08: Beijing’s Road To The Olympics in 2008, which featured photographs made during his stint in China. His series “Ghost Towns of Singapore” was published in +50: This is Singapore, and showcased in a group slideshow at the Obscura Photo Festival in 2016. His accolades include the Judges’ Special Recognition in the “Global Vision Award” for the 2009 Pictures of the Year International Contest.