Already longing for la galerie? We are back online!

(Re)discover last January’s exhibition “Celebrations are the juice of life”  featuring the 10 finalists of the 10th France + Singapore Photographic Arts Award (FSPAA) in our virtual gallery!
Wonder around by clicking on the ground or the artpieces, and get more information by clicking on the name of the photographer!

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IN FLUX | A work-in-progress show by BA(Hons) Fine Arts Level 2 Students

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A rippling, clashing of wavefronts, electromagnetic interference—elements in flux. Flux is a continuous flowing visible in forces of the earth, and most certainly palpable in forces of our imagination. Accordingly, IN FLUX hopes to capture facets of each artist’s ever-morphing creative processes, and highlight the organic tidal shifts in our own paths of exploration, as vigorous and yet fleeting as they may be.

The spectrum of practices and modes of curiosity congregating on the exhibition plane reflects the multiplicity of energies we embody: an interweaving of distinct motion lines in friction. Even as each of us strays and departs from our respective points of origin, we meet again at various nodes of constructive interference, and then return to flux.

We welcome you alongside us in the thick of disarray, as we go on embracing our eccentricities.


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10th France + Singapore Photographic Arts Award (FSPAA)

Come and have a look at what celebration means through the lens of 10 French and Singaporean photographers in the 10th France + Singapore Photographic Arts Award (FSPAA) finalist group exhibition aptly titled “Celebrations are the juice of life” at la galerie. Their approach to interpreting the theme and photographing the subject underpins the power of celebration – no matter big or small, the act of cherishing something dear to you could be more than just a joyous occasion. 

FSPAA aims to raise awareness of the experimental and emerging styles of photographic art. It is also organised to promote the exchange of artistic knowledge, experiences and ideas between artists from France and Singapore. All 10 finalist of the FSPAA were handpicked by our panel of jury. 

Featuring artworks by:

Claire Baudou / Dave Lim / Douce d’Ivry /

Haoua Amadou / José Jeuland / Julie de Waroquier / Khairul Arifin /

Stephanie Lee / Tan Wei / Zulkhairi Zulkiflee 


Lee Chor Lin, Independent Museum and Art Consultant  

Gwen Lee, co-founder and director of Singapore International Photography Festival and DECK  

Lavender Chang, Singapore-based photographer 


DIVERSE ONENESS | Homage to Alliance Française’s members

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Alliance Française de Singapour has commissioned the rising star photographer Lavender Chang to celebrate its 70th anniversary by taking 70 portraits of its past and present members to pay tribute to the diversity of the Alliance Française community.

“A person’s presence and the living environment reveal the essence of the person. I believe one’s existence is not just formed by his or her physical self. The world is made up of numerous inter-linked universes, in constant flux. Every living and non-living thing represents a universe and eventually informs who we are.

To celebrate the diversity of the members of the Alliance Française, I captured these portraits in their homes, showing them at their most natural state without any pretense. Some of the key elements in my art practice are about condensing the duration of time and the indeterminacy of the creation process into one singular image. I explored the unexpected and unique elements of each person by capturing them with a long exposure shot, utilizing light painting.

Alliance Française represents the link between myself and the many new people I have met over the past few months. Many of them shared slices of their life with me during the creation of the artwork. This very meaningful and important experience we went through together will leave a positive imprint in our lives.”  – Lavender Chang

Lavender Chang has exhibited at Singapore Art Museum, Sundaram Tagore Gallery New York, Alliance Française de Singapour, Mizuma Gallery, ADM Gallery, The Singapore Art Show, The Arts House, International Film Festival Rotterdam, and National Gallery Singapore.

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ARTIST TALK – Behind the scene of Diverse Oneness with Lavender Chang

Here’s a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the artist, Lavender Chang. Join her as she shares with you the inspiration behind her work.

As Diverse Oneness seeks to pay tribute to the diversity of the Alliance Française community, 70 portraits of its past and present members were captured by Lavender Chang in their homes, showing them at their most natural state without any pretense. The exhibition opened in conjunction with Alliance Française de Singapour’s 70th anniversary celebration on 12 October 2019 and was noted for its remarkable reception among the crowd.

Join Lavender CHANG and Pauline JORGE, cultural programming manager of the Alliance Française de Singapour for an evening conversation at la galerie, as they will elaborate on the artist’s thought process and journey which leads up to the creation of the work.

We will close the evening with casual networking and a glass of French wine.

Alliance Française de Singapour – la galerie (2nd floor)

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Time: 7.30pm

Admission is free, register online now and save your seat.

TERRE KABYLE (Kabyle Land) 

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For some years now, Mélodie Meslet-Tourneux has been meeting those who work with clay. One of the distinctive features of ceramics is the universality. Through her exchanges, the artist discovers the connection between a civilisation and pottery and questions the stakes of this medium. 

After some journeys in Japan, Mongolia, Morocco and Burkina Faso, she spent one month in the Kabylian mountains in Algeria in 2018. She has met several female potters and settled in Na Ouerdia’s workshop. 

The exhibition “Terre Kabyle” traces moments of contemplation, complicity and shared outlooks. 

Mélodie Meslet-Tourneux, winner of the 9th France + Singapore Photographic Arts Award, is a French Photographer, who lives and works in Strasbourg. 

Alliance Française de Singapour – la galerie (2nd floor)

From 8 August to 28 September 2019
Tuesday: 1pm – 8pm, Wednesday to Friday: 1pm – 7.30pm, Saturday: 9.30am – 5.30pm

Free entrance

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International Women Photographers Award – 2019


Photograph by the laureate, Ms Wan Chee Chan (China – HK), Crab senior

Alliance Française de Singapour is going to showcase the International Women Photographers Award - 2019 with the partnership of the International Women Photographer Association (IWPA). In order to promote and encourage the expression of women photographers’ new talents, the Alliances Françaises and Institut Français in Dubai, Beirut, Amman, New Dehli and Riyadh decided to associate to welcome the exhibition of this photography award. 

The IWPA exhibition presents a selection of pictures from each photographer. In 2019, the participants could choose between a free theme or the suggested theme: “Fraternity”. The finalists of this year’s award convey various topics from a woman’s perspective through their works. In this exhibition, you will get a chance to explore the meaning of love under the affection of Brexit, understand more about childhood marriage in India, or even get into the life of a touring circus by enjoying the diverse and rich photographs. 

The IWPA aims at promoting women photographers all over the world and acting like a global platform to increase their visibility in the eyes of an international audience, amateur or professional. Within the scope of this mission, the IWPA presents a touring exhibition in the main cities and capitals of Middle East, Europe and Asia, showing the works of the laureate and the finalists. Seize the day in the exhibition and let the artworks speak for themselves! 

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Alliance Française de Singapour – la galerie (2nd floor)
From 6 June to 27 July 2019
Saturday: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Tuesday – Friday: 1pm – 7.30pm
Free entrance

TALK AND DRINKS | An Insight into Female Photographer’s Creative Journey

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In conjunction with the International Women Photography Award-2019 Exhibition, we are delighted to welcome the winner of the award, Michelle Chan, from Hong Kong and Singapore-based photographer, Lavender Chang to share their creative journey and their challenges as woman photographers.  

Want to have a sneak peek of women photographers´ soul and to puzzle out more of Hong Kong and Singapore photography scene? Join us for a discussion with our guests, which will be followed by a glass of French wine. 

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Wed, 19 June 2019
7.30pm – 9.00pm
Alliance Française de Singapour – la galerie (2nd floor)

Our Guests: 

Michelle CHAN  Winner of IWPA 2019 from Hong Kong, she is a visual storyteller. Her oeuvre explores human relationships and the myriad ways of creating narratives that obscure the often fragile boundaries between fact and fiction.  She began her creation with street photography, slowly moves towards documentary photography. Her awarded photography in IWPA 2019, Crab Seniors, was first inspired by the work of Trent Parke, plus drawing her own personal experience as a competitive swimmer. 

She has had her work exhibited in major venues in Hong Kong, such as the HK Arts Centre and HK Convention and Exhibition Centre, as well as internationally, in places as diverse as Arles, Berlin, Budapest, Dublin, Siem Reap, Taipei, and Toronto. Her work has been featured in e.g. PhotoVogue Italia, National Geographic, Wild Dog in Paris, and SCMP Magazines. In 2017, she had her first major solo exhibition in Kubrick Hong Kong. In 2018, she began experimenting with multimedia: a hybrid of text, imagery, illustration and sound to add layers of internal and external resonance to her storytelling. 

Lavender CHANG  Her focus lies in conceptual photography. Reflection of the sensitivity towards the surrounding nuances creates an extended canvas allowing contemplation and leaving behind traces of her mortality through the passage of time. She has exhibited at the International Orange Photo Festival, China 2010, the Kuala Lumpur International Photo Awards 2011, Singapore Art Museum and Sundaram Tagore Gallery New York in 2014. In 2016, she had her solo exhibition in Society Generale at Alliance Française de Singapour, exhibited at Mizuma Gallery and The Singapore Art Show. In 2017, she has exhibitions at The Arts House in Singapore and Gajah Gallery in Yogyakarta. 
In 2018, her cinematography work for John Clang’s debut feature film, Their Remaining Journey, which premiered at the 2018 International Film Festival Rotterdam and garnered a nomination for the festival’s Bright Future Award. It is also the opening film for National Gallery Singapore’s Painting with Light: Festival of International Films on Art. 

Moderator : Pauline JORGE (cultural programming manager of the Alliance Française de Singapour)

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A Virtual Exploration of French Art

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In conjunction with the French Animation Film Festival, Alliance Française is pleased to offer A VIRTUAL EXPLORATION OF FRENCH ART.

This interactive experience is an enticing, in depth virtual reality journey within four selected classic art pieces: A bar at Folies Bergère by Edouard Manet, The Water Lily by Claude Monet, Children’s Games by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, and Gauguin’s inner journey, an imagination of Paul Gauguin’s visit in Tahiti.

Through an active multi-sensorial approach, renowned animation directors or multimedia artists created an entirely new perspective that allows to alternatively discover these famous masterpieces.

A VIRTUAL EXPLORATION OF FRENCH ART is presented in collaboration with the Fantasium Group, an intellectual and creative entertainment group whose mission is to bridge the gap between technology and humanity through art, education and innovation.

Alliance Française de Singapour – la galerie (2nd floor)
From 23-26 May 2019
Thursday – Friday: 1pm – 7.30pm
Saturday: 9.30am – 8pm
Sunday: 1pm – 7pm

Free entrance

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2018 sounded the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which settles the basic civil, political, economical, social and cultural rights for all.

On this occasion, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights joined forces with the SPIROU magazine. Cartoon as a universal media makes fundamental topics and civic values accessible to a wide audience. Since its creation, the SPIROU magazine has supported the ideals of open-mindedness, defence of the oppressed, respect for differences, courage and generosity. Naturally, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has chosen the character of Spirou as the Defender of Human Rights.

Alliance Française de Singapour – la galerie (2nd floor)
From 15 March to 27 April 2019
Saturday: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Tuesday – Friday: 1pm – 7.30pm
Free entrance


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Tracking Status: Expedited

A work-in-progress visual arts exhibition


Alliance Française de Singapour and LASALLE College of the Arts’ McNally School of Fine Arts are pleased to present, Tracking Status: Expedited, showcasing selected works-in-progress by LASALLE’s second year BA(Hons) Fine Arts students.

Paralleling the expedited shipping process with the productive environment of studio life and the hub of creative activity it becomes, Tracking Status: Expedited echoes the anticipation from checking a shipping delivery status, tracking a self-directed passage en route to a final destination.

The journey of a package alludes to the works as tangible freeze-frames of a continuous process; that which embodies one of several ideas, representing tried-and-tested attempts to manifest as one concept, actively revised and actively rewritten.

Step in for a peek into studio life and culture at LASALLE, as Tracking Status: Expedited mirrors the reflexive, multitudinous and fluctuating progression of creative activity in searching, making, experimenting and becoming – of such a creative space.

Alliance Française de Singapour – la galerie (2nd floor)
From 14 February to 9 March 2019
Saturday: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Tuesday – Friday: 1pm – 7.30pm
Free entrance


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9th French + Singapore Photographic Arts Award


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The 9th France + Singapore Photographic Arts Award (FSPAA) is an international award presented by Alliance Française de Singapour which provides a platform for French and Singaporean photographic artists to showcase their creative talents to an international audience.

The award aims to raise awareness of the experimental and emerging styles of photographic art. It is also organised to promote the exchange of artistic knowledge, experiences and ideas between artists from France and Singapore.

Ten photographers shortlisted by a panel of juries present their creative interpretations of this year’s theme, “Interculturalism”. Their approach to photographing cross-cultural exchange underpins the value of inclusivity, with the spirit of promoting understanding and respect for cultural diversity.

Alliance Française de Singapour – la galerie (2nd floor)
From 10 January to 9 February 2019
Saturday: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Tuesday – Friday: 1pm – 7.30pm
Free entrance






1er prix_Antananarivo_MADAGASCAR_En Malabary et satroka penjy_Serge RakotofiringaThis exhibition presents works by photographers all around the world, shortlisted from the 7th International Photography Competition by Fondation Alliance Française.

Dressing up can be a way of expressing our identity, taste or heritage. It plays a big role as we navigate our identity within a socio-cultural context. By dressing to fit in, we feel a sense of belonging and by dressing to stand out, we feel a sense of individuality. Our fashion and dress codes connote meanings and significance that go beyond skin-deep.

As seen in how distinctive the way people around the world adorn themselves, fashion truly embodies the richness of cultures, creativity and beyond that, the diversity of the world.

“Fashion conveys a great diversity of meanings that transcends the trends we see in boutiques, luxury brands and on media.” – Françoise Huguier, Agence VU, French photographer, President of the Jury at the International Photography Competition, 2017.

Alliance Française de Singapour – la galerie (2nd floor)
From 6 December to 20 December 2018
Saturday: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Tuesday – Friday: 1pm – 7.30pm

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DESSINS (Drawings) by Romain Duris

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After a first show presented in Paris at the Galerie Cinema Anne-Dominique Toussaint in 2017, Alliance Française de Singapour is proud to present to you the first exhibition of Romain Duris’ drawings in Asia, in la galerie.

Romain Duris is one of the major figures of the contemporary French Cinema. His first role in Cédric Klapisch’s le Péril Jeune brings him immediate fame at only 20 years old. Then he worked and starred alongside the greatest names of the 7th art.

If he counts more than 40 features to his credit, Romain Duris started his career as an actor almost in spite of himself, discovered during an improvised casting in the street. He did not imagine his future in cinema but in another art and first passion of his: drawing.

Since adolescence, he expresses his fantasy made of dark humor and eroticism through different graphic medium. On free pages, notebooks or sketched diaries, his drawings are impromptu, like a natural pulsion, and reveal the intimacy of the multifaceted artist he is, endowed with an insolent spirit.

ARTIST TALK | Here’s a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the artist, Romain Duris. Join him on 10 November 2018, 530pm as he shares with you the inspiration behind his DESSINS. Admission is free. Kindly reserve a place for the artist talk here.

Alliance Française de Singapour – la galerie (2nd floor)
From 1 November to 1 December 2018
Saturday: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Tuesday – Friday: 1pm – 7.30pm

In line with the French Film Festival, the opening hours of la galerie will be extended:
8 November: 1pm – 8pm
10 and 17 November: 930am – 8pm
14-16 November: 1pm – 930pm
11 and 18 November: 130pm – 7pm

Free Entrance

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By Corinne Mariaud

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In her work, Paris-based artist and photographer Corinne Mariaud questions the image of women and their place in our contemporary society. The resistance of the individual, the diktat of appearance and clichés about femininity and masculinity are at the center of her photographic reflection.

The “Disorder” series questions the relationship between the individual and the urban environment. Human bodies lie on the ground, sliding on urban matter.

Within these images, people are stuck. Immobilized. Caught in the rigidity of the environment. As trees or fragments of green spaces are contained by architecture, man is framed by urban material.

Characters seem anonymous, fragile bodies of a big commonness.

However, by the strangeness of their postures, they uproot of the usual order of things. Organic and corrosive, the supple bodies interrupt the geometric patterns of the image.

The work of the artist thus expresses a kind of solitude, where the norm is not reassuring but constrains the individual to a form of violence towards him/herself.

Alliance Française de Singapour – la galerie (2nd floor)
From 20 September to 20 October 2018
Saturday: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Tuesday – Friday: 1pm – 7.30pm
Free Entrance



by Marvin Tang

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A survey of Mountains in a country with barely any hills.

The survey investigates mountainous landscapes observed at various nature reserves around Singapore. Once vital during the building boom in the 1970’s -1980’s, these mountains have since ceased their functions and taken on a new role in providing a space of tranquillity.

“The Mountain Survey” treks the progression of these mountains across time as man attempts to subjugate the landscape for our purposes. The survey observes the changes in the role and function of these structures which often parallels the evolving national narrative of Singapore. Examining its transformation from a material resource to a spatial entity. A transformation vital in breaking the increasing urbanity across the island.

Marvin Tang, winner of the 8th France + Singapore Photographic Arts Award, is a Singaporean artist who uses photography in his investigations. His research examines various systems of control and its repercussions. Visualising social phenomenon that surfaces as a product of these systems.

Alliance Française de Singapour – la galerie (2nd floor)

From 3 August to 1 September 2018

Do not miss the Artist’s Talk on Saturday, 18 August 2018 at 5:45pm |  Please RSVP to:





20 – 29 July 2018

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“The Voices Behind the Victories” is a celebration of a moment of great anticipation for football fans and French supporters in Singapore alike. On the momentous occasion of Paris Saint-Germain’s first visit to Singapore as the sole Asian destination in the 2018 International Champions Cup, and the opening of its first overseas office here, Paris Saint-Germain and Alliance Française have teamed up to revel in this celebration. As the French team takes on Atletico Madrid and Arsenal at the National Stadium, la galerie sees a cultural mélange in the coming together of art and sport. This showcase puts forth one artistic aspect of the worldwide phenomenon that is football, with a focus on the French institution and a salute to the universal values of sport.

The 46 photographs featured in this exhibition present the carte blanche – the complete freedom of expression – of artists who followed the Paris Saint-Germain matches. Three artists, with three different artistic projects, have been curated to create a shared space that exalts all that lies on the periphery of star players and victories – the spaces and the faces that tell the stories that make history and give football its soul.

The intimate black and white shots by Pauline Rousseau, the moments of kenopsia in spaces where football lives and breathes captured by Romain Bergeot, and the magnificent collage of faces of Paris Saint-Germain supporters photographed individually by Aldo Paredes are an exercise in artistically paying homage to the community of supporters around the team and the sport.

The artistic and cultural values inherent in sport are thus displayed in the hope of creating a complete experience and stimulating a timely reflection.

The gallery will be exceptionally open on Sunday, July 29 from 1pm to 5.30pm

Saturday 28 July : from 1:30pm to 2:30pm enjoy a guided tour of the intimate black and white shots by the artist Pauline Rousseau |  RSVP to:

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July exhibitions


7 June – 17 July 2018

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This exhibition presents artworks by prizewinners of the Alliance Françaises worldwide. As sport is framed by specific rules and customs in a country’s culture or a community, it also plays a strong social role within current and traditional societies.
Participants from the entire world shot moments that, according to them, best represent sports activities in their country (all sports will be represented and also the particularities of trainings). In this way, through the prism of photography, participants show those activities’ essential values: tolerance, openness, social inclusion. This photographic “report” is an opportunity to discover singular practices connected to traditions. “With great surprise, we were faced with unexpected themes, with propositions which knew how to get around the classic trap of beautiful soccer pictures: bag racing in Bangladesh, bull racing in India, female wrestling in Nepal, so many traditional sports observed with off the wall looks.”
– Françoise Huguier,
French photographer,
President of the Jury at the
International Photo Competition, 2016.
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Human Version

14 April – 2 June 2018


A series of photographs explores the world  of scientific research laboratories dedicated to the development of humanoid platforms. These robots provoke us to ponder the fate of humankind, the way it sees itself, its consciousness, its evolution, its future and finitude.

The performance level of the machines we develop grants them ever-increasing autonomy, a source of both fascination and dread. The more powerful the machines, the more negatively humans view them, says philosopher Jean-Michel Besnier.

Behind the pictures, a series of videos give visitors the opportunity to watch and listen to a recorded intimate dialogue between the photographed person and the robot. These videos foreshadow a future in which human beings and machines will grow closer to each other in the health sectors of France and Belgium wherein these robots are used (psychiatry, autism, Alzheimer’s).

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Guy Delisle

2 March – 7 April 2018


Dates: 2 March – 7 April

Venue: Alliance Française – La Galerie, Level II


Tuesday – Friday: 1pm – 7.30pm  (until 8pm on Tuesdays)
Saturday: 9.30am – 5.30pm

A renowned comic artist from Canada, Guy Delisle has been able to create over the years a unique style of his own through an autobiographical personage with an observant and spontaneous look. A master of serious lightheartedness, his work represents little snapshots of everyday life and speaks volumes about humanity. From the “Aventures de Louis” to the “Chroniques de Jérusalem”, Alliance Française de Singapour and Editions Delcourt invite you to discover or rediscover the works of this master of journalistic comics.

Born in 1966 in Quebec (Canada), he is a passionate child-at-heart for classic Franco- Belgian comics such as Asterix, Tintin, Blake and Mortimer, and especially Lucky Luke, such that he decided to become a comic artist himself. His works have been translated into fifteen languages. In 2013, he returned to humourous comics with Le guide du mauvais père (The Owner’s Manual to Terrible Parenting), the first volume of which has sold over 85,000 copies to date.

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1-24 February 2018












This coproduction by Alliance Française de Singapour and the LASALLE McNally School of Fine Arts will present a selection of LASALLE’s second year BA (Hons) Fine Artists’ work in progress, a part of their year-long project curated by a team of fellow student artists from the cohort. The quirky title echoes the works of art, which have yet to be fully resolved and are on their way to completion. The phrase ‘Please Wait’ embodies tones of anticipation and echoes an invitation, urging the audience to look forward to what is to come. The artists vary in age and come from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds, a diversity reflected in the wide range of explorations by means of sculpture, painting, video art and performance art to name a few of the medium used.

A crucial part of the show is how it acts as a platform and opportunity for student artists to present their work to a larger, wider audience. The concepts and narratives investigated in each artist’s work is individual but always reminiscent of our generation and its current state. This reflection of our time through varied perspectives manifested in works-in-progress that are soon approaching completion, compose a medley of unrestrained thought, struggle and growth. One which we hope for the viewer to sing along to.


Join us for our guided tour every saturday:
11.30AM (in English) & 3pm (in French).

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December 2017 – January 2018

8th France + Singapore Photographic Arts Awards (FSPAA) Exhibition

9 December 2017 – 20 January 2018


Tuesday– Friday: 1.00pm – 7.30pm (till 8.00pm on Tuesdays)
Saturday: 9.30am – 5.30pm

Free admission

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The 8th France + Singapore Photographic Arts Award (FSPAA) 2017 is an award presented by Alliance Française de Singapour to one selected French or Singaporean photographer. The judging panel have shortlisted 8 photographers in this edition whose works are displayed in la galerie. The winner of the 8th FSPAA will be announced in January 2018 and he/she will be given the opportunity to hold a solo exhibition in 2018 at la galerie at Alliance Française de Singapour.

FSPAA aims to provide a platform for French and Singaporean artists to showcase their creative talents to an international audience. This award also aims to raise awareness of the experimental and emerging styles of photographic art. It is also organized to promote the exchange of artistic knowledge, experiences, and ideas between the artists from France and Singapore.

The theme for the 8th FSPAA is INNOVATION. Innovation was chosen in light of 2018 being declared as the France – Singapore year of innovation.

The 8 finalists are Anouk Vallières, Chong Ying Ying, Hong Guoyao, Kee Ya Ting, Lim Hong Wei, Marvin Tang, Mélanie Feuvrier and Sophie Pouderoux.


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Nature Humaine Exhibition

26 October – 25 November


Tuesday– Friday: 1.00pm – 7.30pm (till 8.00pm on Tuesdays)
Saturday: 9.30am – 5.30pm

Free admission












Alliance Française de Singapour is delighted to partner with the well-known art gallery, Galerie Cinema, based in Paris and Côte-d’Or Tourisme and Le Château du Clos de Vougeot for the exhibition Nature Humaine. Featuring 3 French artists, Cédric Klapisch, Emmanuelle Jacobson-Roques and Michel Baudoin, the exhibition will bring you backstage of Cedric Klapisch´s latest feature Ce qui nous lie (Back to Burgundy).
Cédric Klapisch

He is a French author and director, but photography has been at the heart of his creations for more than twenty years. Photography, a strong passion of his, truly nourishes his work as a filmmaker.
His new film, Back to Burgundy with Pio Marmai and Ana Girardot, tells the story of the siblings living in the heart of Burgundy. This is the first feature film directed by Cédric Klapisch that takes place out of a large city. For about five years before the shoot, Cédric Klapisch spent his days learning and understanding the atypical landscapes of the wine region and the changes in nature through the seasons.

Emmanuelle Jacobson-Roques

For ten years, Emmanuelle Jacobson-Roques has worked as a Film photographer on feature films such as Lou, Journal Intime by Julien Neel, Rester vertical by Alain Guiraudie, Made in France by Nicolas Bouhkrief. Her encounter with Cédric Klapisch was a highlight in her professional and personal life. They worked together on Ma part du gateau, the series Dix pour cent and most notably in their latest movie Ce qui nous lie, shooting over four seasons, revolves around family issues, the passing of time and the changing of the seasons in the wine world. Her involvement in the film inspired the photographs in this series alongside those of Cédric Klapisch and Michel Baudoin.

Michel Baudoin

After starting his career in communications, press, advertising and internet sectors, Michel Baudoin joined Burgundy to photograph the land, the vineyard and its environment. Today, he works with panoramic photography and 360 ° imaging technology. He also collaborates with the local wine industry, tourism institutions and national and international press. In 2011, Baudoin created a large format image edition illustrating the Burgundy terroirs. His encounter with Cédric Klapisch in 2010, in a fermenting cellar in Meursault, resulted in the creation of his time-lapses (a succession of photographs taken during a certain time frame focusing on the same subject) and on the upstream film Ce qui nous lie. The photographs presented in this exhibition are the result of his research of trees, especially cherry trees, and vine landscapes for the feature film Ce qui nous lie.

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Vestiges by Zen Teh

7 September – 7 October


Tuesday – Friday: 1.00pm – 7.30pm (till 8.00pm on Tuesdays)
Saturday: 9.30am – 5.30pm

Guided tours on Saturdays at 11.30 am (in english) and 12noon (in French)
The tour will last for approximately 15 mins.

Free admission


Vestiges: Tracing Urban-nature is a solo exhibition by the environmental artist and educator Zen Teh. Presented at La Galerie of Alliance Francaise de Singapour from 7 September to 7 October 2017, the exhibition features two bodies of work, Garden State Palimpsest and The Imperative Landscape.

A multi-disciplinary collaboration with the architectural researcher Nicole Teh, Garden State Palimpsest explores Singapore’s constantly changing landscape and its residents’ relationship with the land. The artists carried out interviews with previous kampong dwellers that became a starting point to reconstruct memories as images. Concurrently, the artists researched and analysed Singapore’s land use policies throughout the years to project a possible future environment. These imaginings of nature in their various modes of presentation—as sculptural photographic images, maps, videos and narratives—are complex layers of encounters that probe at ideals, nostalgia and desires with regards to our lived environments.

The Imperative Landscape series features images of forests at the edge of urban development in Chiang Rai, Thailand. The source photographs are manipulated and collaged into landscapes of ever-lush verdure, to be starkly delineated into three geometric silhouettes. Over-aestheticized but seemingly of natural environments, each composition is a visual feast that provides moments of escape.

At the heart of the exhibition, Zen Teh’s photographic images represent a constant effort to trace and achieve a state of wilderness that the urban-dwelling artist has never experienced before. In her work, nature is viewed and captured from behind the lens, imposing a distance that enables the act of observing and imagining—the construct of an innate primordial landscape.

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City & Ocean

13 April – 24 June 2017


Tuesday – Friday: 1.00pm – 8.00pm
Saturday: 10.00am – 6.00pm

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Embark on extraordinary journeys and discover Jules Verne’s world revisited by graphic novels’ artists from Angoulême International Comics Festival, the most influential comics-related event producer.

French novelist and poet, Jules Verne is best known for his adventure novels and his profound influence on the literary genre of science fiction, like Voyages Extraordinaires , Journey to the Center of the Earth , Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea , Around the World in Eighty Days …

He gave imagery a particular significance and explored connections between text and picture, making them inseparable. These mythical images, that remain today in memories, have inspired international authors who revisit the images and the imagination of Jules Verne through drawings, comics and artworks.

A 30-minute guided tour of the exhibition will be held at La Galerie at 3pm every Saturday. Customised tours for local and international schools and organisations are available on request. Please contact for more information

Another exhibition celebrating Jules Verne’s unique vision, “Travel & Heritage” will be held at the Fullerton Heritage from 12 April – 29 June 2017

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March 2017

33 years with “Les Triplés” (The Triplets)

7 March – 1 April 2017


Tuesday – Friday: 1.00pm – 8.00pm
Saturday: 10.00am – 6.00pm


“Les Triplés” are the most cherished children of the French comic books world. They have been created by Nicole Lambert, comic writer and keen observer of children.

Since 1984, they are published every week in the French magazine Madame Figaro. They have been the subject matter of more than 30 comic strip albums, sold over one and an half million copies and have also been adapted as an animated series for TV.

The Triplets live in Paris, next to the Eiffel Tower. They often take a bite out of their beautiful mother and are surrounded by their sweet grandfather and their philosophical French bulldog, Toto.

The Triplets’ minds often fickle. They can easily mess around their house and, all of a sudden, have a philosophical reflection, a poetical thought or a scatological playfulness.

The Triplets are vivid and innocent. They bring us back to our childhood years, when they are in awe of a lamb stating that “ it is so soft, it feels like wool!” or asking questions such as “what can happen if someone climbs on it?” in front of the Eiffel Tower, when its top is partially hidden by the fog.

The children’s grace, the beauty of the story boards, full of colours and light, also bring us back to those sweet years. The scenes of Paris, the snowy landscapes, the gardens and moonlights, remind us of the charm of those special moments.
The Triplets can reach a double audience:

Children, who enjoy their foolishness and Parents, who can get emotional and recognize their own children.

The exhibition, which celebrates the 33 years of the comic’s existence, will allow you to discover the best comic strips for each year.

You will witness the changes throughout time in our society as well as the innovations which have changed our way of life: smartphones, computers, GPS are just a few examples.

As on a runway show during Paris Fashion Week, you will be able to admire the Triplets’ mother fashion tastes. Finally, you will discover Nicole Lambert’s sense of humour: more than a Parisian appeal, she shows us, on a deeper level, that children are all the same around the World.

We are pleased to welcome Nicole Lambert to our Francophonie Festival.

In addition to her exhibition, she will take part in different activities during the festival such as having a meet-the-author session, conducting a storytelling session for children and screening her short animation movies.

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January 2017

YellowKorner x Alliance Française

19 January – 25 February 2017


Tuesday – Friday: 1pm – 8.00pm
Saturday: 10am – 5.00pm

For the first time since its opening, Alliance Française is collaborating with one of the most popular publishers of art photography: YellowKorner.

Originally created in France by Alexandre de Metz and Paul-Antoine Briat in 2006, passionate with photography, YellowKorner’s ambition is to democratize art photography and make it accessible to all. YellowKorner galleries are places of exchange, exhibiting and commercializingphotographs of more than 200 artists, in limited editions. YellowKorner promotes the talents of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, through a network of nearly 80 galleries worldwide, including in Singapore.

La Galerie at Alliance Française de Singapour aims at democratizing art photography too and this underlying concept is at the very core of this collaboration. The photographs showcased in this exhibition give a new and fresh insight on iconic places and buildings, in France and Europe, which are part of common goods and cultural heritage. Whether they present art venues, public spaces, urban settings, opera houses or derelict lots, these photographs allow the viewer to perceive modern and past architecture differently, through the perspective and interpretation of five photographers.



Jean-Paul Espaignet is a French architect and photographer, with more than 30 years of experience in photographic exposition. His current work, more analy t i c a l , focuses on museums and art venues and aims at questioning and reflecting upon contemporary art.



Born in 1980 in Paris, Franck Bohbot lives and works in New York. He began his career as a set photographer but his current subjects are public spaces, including libraries, swimming pools or fair grounds. He seeks to highlight the sociological and historical perspectives of public buildings and urban architecture.



Bernard Hartmann was born in 1955 in Germany. He first started out as a press photographer for a German newspaper and self-taught studied arts on the side. With a certain baroque outlook and romanticism, he devotes his work to dramatic places, where the arts are practised, as theatres or operas.



Aurélien Villette decided to radically change his life in 2008 and refocused on his passion: photography. Across more than 30 countries, he tries to understand past societies and historical places which have shaped our current times. His series Spirit of places, present abandoned buildings as chronological markers and how they become objects of contemplation.



Laurent Dequick is a 40-year-old French photographer and architect. His work is mainly a reflection on contemporary cities, such as Paris and more specifically about the proliferation of modern urban spaces. His photographs give an impression of movement and remind viewers of Abstractionism.

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December 2016

France + Singapore Photographic Arts Award

1 December 2016 – 7 January 2017

This year Alliance française de Singapour is holding its 7th France + Singapore Photographic Arts Awards (FSPAA), a photography competition on Nonconformism theme that aims to feature French and Singaporean professional artists on an international platform. The top 10 finalists of the competition will win a group exhibition in Société Générale Gallery (Singapore), which will be held from the 1st of December 2016 until the 7th of January 2017. The FINAL WINNER will win a solo exhibition in Société Générale Gallery in 2017.


FSPAA Judges:

Gwen Lee

Lee Chor Lin has played an active role in developing Singapore’s art scene for the past 29 years; from being a Southeast Asian Art curator to leading the redevelopment of the National Museum of Singapore as their Director. Presently, she is the CEO of Arts Fest ival Limi ted, the holding company of Singapore International Festival of the Arts.

Gwen Lee is the co-founder and director of Singapore International Photography Festival and DECK gallery – an independent art space that supports Southeast Asian contemporary photography. In 2010, she was nominated and awarded with the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Culture award for her contribution to the art scene in Singapore. Read her exclusive interview here.

Lavender Chang

Lavender Chang is the winner of the previous edition of FSPAA. Born in Taiwan, she lives and works in Singapore. Lavender Chang has a strong interest in contemporary conceptual photography. Lavender’s artwork is a reflection of the sensitivity towards the subtle nuances surrounding her. Chang’s works have been exhibited in many galleries and museum worldwide.

Anne-Garance Primel, Executive Director of Alliance française de Singapour

Pauline Ferré, Cultural Programming Manager of Alliance française de Singapour


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November 2016

Gaumont Exhibition

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10 – 26 November 2016

12_huit_et_demiIn keeping with the superb exhibition Gaumont, 120 years old! presented at the National Design Center in May 2016, the Alliance française de Singapour will continue to show off the Famous French Film company.

At the occasion of the French Film Festival, this free exhibition brings the public from all walks through memorable journey to discover the History of Cinema with loans from the Gaumont film posters.

You will be able to discover movies from our Festival displayed on the walls of our Gallery such as : CHOCOLAT (Monsieur Chocolat) directed by Roschdy Zem, UN HOMME À LA HAUTEUR (Up for Love) directed by Laurent Tirard, NOUS TROIS OU RIEN (All Three of Us) directed by Kheiron.

2016 bells the 120 years of existence, inventions and successes in the industrial, commercial and artistic fields. While many other companies born in the 19th Century represent memories from the past, Gaumont is nowadays more vibrant than ever!

29_intouchablesThe French Film Festival is the best opportunity to celebrate Gaumont Company again. Much more than an exhibition about movies, the Alliance française exhibition gives a 360° French cinema experience and above all a unique world heritage in the 7th Art.

It is about History! Gaumont has existed ever since the advent of cinema.

It is about a diverse range of disciplines! For the past 120 years, the cinematographic company has represented and gathered all the professions of this field, including production, screening and distribution.

It is about people! Behind the Gaumont name, famous directors made movies into works of art such as Jean Vigo, Jean Cocteau, Federico Fellini, Louis Malle, Michel Gondry, Charles Vanel…

Dive into the outstanding world of Cinema, thanks to Alliance française’s exhibition and the French Film Festival.


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September – October 2016

5th Singapore International Photography Festival Open Call Showcase

Photographs by Phisut Nuthong, Sarah Walzer, Lee Won-Woong MD, Alfredo Macchi, and Lee Minji
13 September – 28 October 2016


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The biennale Singapore International Photography Festival is back with Asia premiere of master photographers and fresh new works from 18 countries. This much awaited visual feast of over 500 photographic will take place at 15 locations across Singapore. Based on the theme “The Archive”, 5th SIPF explore  nature of photograph as a documentation, as a vessel for memories, and a recording device for the future, a form of empowerment, an ongoing investigation, vernacular or historical event, or simply deeply personal anecdotes.

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Housed within Alliance francaise is an exhibition that moves between personal and epic stories narrated by Phisut Nuthong (Thailand), Sarah Walzer (Germany), Lee Won-Woong MD (South Korea), Alfredo Macchi (Italy), and Lee Minji (South Korea).  Underlying is an immeasurable emotions of coming to term with society pressure, aftermath of war, and uncertain moment of soul searching.



Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) is a biennial gathering of minds from around the world with the common pursuit  to advance the art and appreciation of photography. It aims to be a much needed arena for critical thought and academic discourse on photography in Southeast Asia. SIPF will also function as a key platform to discover, nurture, and propel Southeast Asian photographers onto the international stage. Through its satellite programmes, the festival hopes to engage the public and cultivate a larger audience. At the core of SIPF is a firm belief that photography can be enjoyed by all.

The festival is a non-profit event. Every purchase of festival pass keep the exhibition free. The Festival Pass also entitles free admission to over 30 programmes and discount at selected retails and eatery. For more information, visit


Tuesday 13 September – Friday 28 October 2016

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July – August

The Movingly Minute Scale of a Restricted Life

Photographs by Lavender Chang
8 July – 13 August 2016

Talk with Lavender Chang and Michelle Ho, Gallery Director at the ADM Gallery at the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University.
Date: 21 July 2016 – 7.30pm
Venue: Alliance Française de Singapour, 1 Sarkies road

Restricted life#5 high resLavender Chang comes back to Alliance française with her new series THE MOVINGLY MINUTE SCALE OF A RESTRICTED LIFE. Lavender was the final winner of the 6th France + Singapore Photographic Arts Awards (FSPAA) with her series I WALKED, AND LAID DOWN ON THIS WARM, BARE EARTH. Her works were exhibited among the 10 finalists at the Société Générale Gallery in a group exhibition held in September 2015 and is now having her solo exhibition.

When studying the genre of family photography, scholar Marianne Hirsch stressed on a need to decipher its coded nature in order to unveil relations to dominant family ideologies and narratives.

The family photo is hence a cryptic vault of power, pain and secrets as much as it is an instrument for displaying cohesion and togetherness.

Drawing upon her personal experiences with the scripts and struggles of familial life, THE MOVINGLY MINUTE SCALE OF A RESTRICTED LIFE by Lavender Chang contemplates on the dualism of how indelible hurt every so often resides under the same roof as unconditional love.

Using a pinhole camera positioned on the windows of various family homes, she captures portraits of bean plants she grew and harvested, along with the scenery beyond, through the technique of solargraphy. Left in the sun over days, the camera obscura resembles an incubator in which family relations, symbolized by the bean plants, are literally and figuratively developing in. Yet, it is a black box of the unknown, parallel to how families are often impenetrable to an outsider’s perception and understanding, despite the universality in issues they face.

Restricted life#13 high resThe use of long and multiple photographic exposures play upon the concept of optical unconscious, rendering visible what is otherwise invisible to the human eye, surfacing unconscious and latent thoughts to conscious levels. Suffocation or liberation? Security or captivity? Such notions remain grey. These one-of-kind solargraphs eventually fade with prolonged exposure, an ephemerality that is not unlike the transience of life.

Surreal and hauntingly beautiful, these images are more than botanical studies. Masking a suppressed violence, they are in fact records of the plants’ slow but certain expiration. Loose splotches of residue expelled on the prints hint of traces of struggle, a stark contrast with the rhythmic and purposeful trails imprinted by the sun’s pathway through the sky. In a similar vein, the photographic renderings of families are often responses to an idealized image. Yet there is often a gap between lived reality and a perceived ideal.

Varying in species and origins, the bean plants are recurring subject matter in Chang’s works as a representation of life and dormant time. The series is hence an extension of her previous explorations on adaptation and survival, into more private and intimate realms.

Friday 8 July – Saturday 13 August 2016

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May – June


Photographs By Corinne Mariaud
26 May – 25 June 2016

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Corinne Mariaud, French photographer, has decided to present images from her photographic series I Try So Hard, Trophies and Climax. The pictures presented in this exhibition question the image, the place of woman and its representation in contemporary society, the diktat of appearance, the cliché about femininity and masculinity.

Through the figure of the human body, these photographic series evoke the quest for identity, the emancipation of individuals and their struggle to preserve their individuality in a standardized world. With humor and gravity, Corinne Mariaud uses the power of the imageries to evoke the inner turmoil that inhabits the body, both feminine and masculine, which are vulnerable and powerful.

I TRY SO HARD Smile corinne mariaudThe series I TRY SO HARD explores women’s smile and its role in society. For this series the artist filmed  women smiling during two minutes, the difficulty of the action turned it into almost a performance. The faces in the videos are tense and tears come out of the model’s face sometimes and pain is perceptible. While the artist was shooting this series she felt responsible for the pain and felt as an executioner. Something disturbing and anxious emerges from these smiles that remain frozen for an unusually long time. This friendly and pleasant expression turns into a rictus and there is no sound, only the silent scream of the smile.

According to the artist the smooth and standardized smile for every occasion is part of the woman’s etiquette. Women must be discreet, not talk too loud, not frown or grimace too much, their social identity is above all smiling and the smile becomes a brand of social domination.


In TROPHIES, a woman’s head is hung on the wall like a hunting trophy. She becomes the tableau itself, the object hooked. In this series Corinne Mariaud intends to present the ideal woman as restrained and inoffensive,
a woman who is trapped by her appearance and is a victim of female stereotypes.

In CLIMAX, the woman wrestles with herself. She exhibits herself, though hiding her face, and therefore excluding the spectator. She resists the social context that wants to control her sexuality. She struggles to retrieve the control over herself. Under the lights of the studio, her body stands like a sculpture. She becomes a totem. Under the lights of the studio, her body stands like a sculpture. She becomes a totem.

Thursday 26 May – Saturday  25 June 2016

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April-May 2016


28 April – 21 May 2016

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Alliance française de Singapour and Voilah! French festival Singapore are delighted to welcome the South East Asia travelling exhibition Yves Saint Laurent, Birth of a Legend.

The exhibition feature 49 photographs about the creative work, anxiety and happiness of Yves Saint Laurent at work and in the relationship with his intimates during the preparation of his first collection in 1962.

ysl«Yves Saint Laurent met many photographers, but we have been very few to photograph him since his debut at Dior. In 1961, he was preparing to launch his fashion house with Pierre Bergé. The latest collection of Dior had revealed all to the fashion editor of Life magazine, Sally Kirkland: “The young Yves Mathieu Saint Laurent is the new fashion genius.” She gave us, Nadine Puissesseau the journalist and I, five weeks to shoot the preparation for his first collection. An event. Pending the final installation in the house of the Rue Spontini, Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent were preparing the collection in the former workshops of designer Mangin. A top floor accessed by backstairs. If everything was done in a hurry, nothing was improvised, everything was thought. Between two moves, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé had all developed in the greatest secrecy, mirrors to the door handle.
They had the courtesy to forget us during all this time and in the end, we were arriving without even saying hello, not to disturb. This young 26 years old man fascinated us. Every morning, we would see model with a new dress, sublime. We exclaimed, but Yves Saint Laurent did not finch: it was normal. In thirty years I have had many opportunities to photograph both of them. The report from 1961 was going on. I had the rare privilege of working in the shadow and the mind of a genius whose legend has continued to grow. Thereafter, meetings spaced, but regular, with Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent have been one of the thread of my life. »

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March 2016


15 March – 24 April 2016

For this exhibition celebrating Francophonie, Alliance française is partnering with Sana Gallery, Asia’s first contemporary Middle Eastern art gallery located in Singapore.
The group exhibition, which runs from 15 March – 24 April 2016, showcases the work of four photographers whose influences are linked to the Francophonie, because of their origins or of their careers that have led them to live and work in France.
Because their scope of work are radically different from one another, they celebrate and show the same Francophonie as the one that Alliance française and its partners for the Festival de la Francophonie 2016 are promoting: a culture that is plural, aware of and adapting to its environment, and that calls on universal values even if geographically embedded in different countries around the world.


Laura Boushnak is a Palestinian journalist and photographer, who has worked for the Associated Press in Lebanon, and for Agence France-Presse (AFP), for which she covered hard news in conflicts such as the war in Iraq and the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war. Her photographs have been published in the New York Times, The Guardian, The National Geographic, or Le Monde.
Since 2008, she has been devoting more time to her long-term projects; her documentary project “I Read I Write ”, explores the role of literacy in improving the lives of Arab women, and the barriers they face to accessing education.

Nayla Kai Saroufim is a Lebanese art director, illustrator and artist who has worked in many international advertising agencies before focusing on her art.
Her art focuses on the dialogue between painting, illustration and graphics, mixing it with photography. Her fresh approach to the arts combines digital flair and computer graphics, resulting in mixed-media decorative art pieces.



Marcel Rached studied business in the US before working at the World Bank Group in the Middle East and Africa. This multiculturalism he had witnessed during these occasions gave him much insight into his environment, which nurtured his artistic work.
Rached’s work is inspired by life’s random and accidental creations as they affect people and places. He is drawn towards understanding human nature in their instant moment. It covers controversial issues and situations, and focuses on the untapped visceral knowledge of people and their behaviour in the simplest and most complex work.


As a professional photojournalist, Jack Dabaghian has fronted thousands of papers around the world including Newsweek, Time Magazine, Paris Match, The Economist, The International Herald Tribune, or the New York Times, and has launched Reuters’ Middle East picture desk in Dubai in 2005, before shifting to commercial photography for private and public clients.
In pursuit of a more artistic career, Dabaghian has started a personal project documenting ethnic tribes facing globalisation. His pictures documenting minorities in Asia and Africa are the result of a long-term initiative to capture the impact of the modern world on these silent and muted civilisations.

Sana Gallery is serving as a platform for new images and ideas about the Middle East – presenting exciting Middle Eastern talent to clients and partners in Singapore, South East Asia, India and China.
The contemporary art scene has been flourishing in the Middle East, and it is being bolstered by the extraordinary political, social and economic changes under way.
Sana Gallery anticipates that the explosive creativity we are witnessing across the Middle East will endure for decades, as the Arab Spring evolves and metamorphoses.

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February 2016


by Clotilde Richalet Szuch
18 February – 12 March 2016

Born in 1980 in Montauban (South of France), Clotilde has always been fascinated by the importance of light.

Upon completion of her secondary school diploma, she left for the United States to learn English and she discovered a much more universal language, spoken with images instead of words: photography.

Since then, she continued on this path in university, while travelling over the world, and as an official photographer for the Cannes Festival.

That was also how her long-term relationship with Alliance française de Singapour began: she first exhibited her
commissioned work Inside Cannes at the Société Générale gallery during the 4TH RENDEZVOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA in December 2014.
After this exhibition Clotilde has ventured further into more photography projects and has exhibited WOMEN BY A WOMAN at Artistry (Art Gallery/Café) Singapore . She will return to Alliance française between 18th February and 12th March 2016 to present the continuation of this series, with some new photographs added to her work.

WOMEN BY A WOMAN features portraits of women that Clotilde met during her travels within Malaysia, Cambodia and Thailand. She was struck by how unique and different women in each country appear, act, move, dress, laugh, smile; this same curiosity led her to create her series of women across Southeast Asia.©Clotilde_Richalet_TRI_BD_0567

“While wandering with my faithful camera through Southeast Asia, I quickly became fascinated by the very different cultures and appearances of the people.

My curiosity is the very simple reason why I started this gallery of Women across Southeast Asia. What a journey it is to travel around Malaysia, Cambodia or Thailand and make the effort to meet other women and to exchange with them. I gave them all she could in a smile, and they gave me back so much on camera.

I was a foreigner in their land, a stranger in their community, the one intruding in their daily life, but they all took the time to look back at me.”

–  Clotlide Richalet Szuch

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January / February 2016


The Power of Image – The Image of Power

By LASALLE College of the Arts
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14 January – 5 February 2016

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This coproduction by the Alliance française de Singapour and LASALLE Faculty of Fine Arts will present the collaborative works by lecturers and students on the theme ‘The Power of Image – The Image of Power’.

The idea of the exhibition was developed by referencing two images from the realm of photojournalism as a starting point.
In the first image, an ecstatic Kim Jong Un marvels at an obscene mound of industrial lubricator while next to him an emaciated North Korean worker stare at it in a daze. The surreal paradox seen in the expressions of the Great Leader and that of his fellow citizen towards the unknowingly explicit object of their wonderment inspired the title referencing Salvador Dali’s famous painting The Great Masturbator.

In the other one, the Italian movie star Sophia Loren, famous for her generous figure, looks clearly upset by the even more opulent breast of Jayne Mansfield seating next to her at a dinner table. Oblivious to her surroundings, she openly expresses her discontentment, an uncouth behaviour captured by a paparazzo for everyone to see.

The first image stands as the epitome of staged propaganda at the service of political power. The other is an amusing example of the malicious paparazzi eye that makes the carefully constructed image of the rich and famous crumble to mere illusion. Taken together they make the two sides of the photographic coin that plays such an important role in the way power is nowadays generated, perceived, managed and consumed.

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Lecturers responded to an open call and selected a student(s) to work with, creating a work in any medium of their choice. The different sensibilities and practices result in a wide range of explorations examining the relation between image and power from diverse points of view: social, historical, political, Freudian, etc. Ultimately, the exhibition hopes to investigate the role of images as a ‘great lubricator’ in the power play at work in human society since the dawn of time.

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December 2015 / January 2016


by Kate Barry

3 December 2015 – 9 January 2016

C Deneuve V2( Catherine Deneuve, photo Kate Barry) 04 O copieAlliance française de Singapour is delighted to welcome the exhibition “Actresses”, a tribute to Kate Barry who died prematurely in December 2013, and to her great talent as a photographer. And a simultaneous tribute by Kate Barry to film actresses, and French film actresses in particular, from the best-known stars to new talents: Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Emmanuelle Béart, Mélanie Laurent or Adèle Exarchopoulos …

An original and feminine exhibition produced by the Institut français in Paris – also responsible for its international distribution – in partnership with Roman de Kermadec, Kate Barry’s son, and curated by the photographer and journalist Aline Arlettaz.

As written by Anne Tallineau (General Director – Institut français in Paris), « Through the lens of her most unusual artist’s eye, the 25 portraits made by Kate Barry are striking for their great beauty and their indefinable, hushed and melancholic atmosphere, where merge a combination of spareness and sobriety, precise composition and mise en scène, and painstaking background work. Kate Barry had a peerless way of capturing each and every actress in their most personal aspects, complementing their media images, precisely in their gaze which so powerfully delivers, creates or reinstates —it matters little—natural beauty and silent mystery.

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From one portrait to the next, a paradoxical aesthetic is unfurled, linking what is extremely contemporary to afterimages of the past, combining systems for presenting offbeat bodies and décors with the sensitive expression of a deep-seated intimacy, be it real or imaginary.

From one photograph to the next, either black-and-white or colour, the history of the arts, revisited and appropriated, makes
its way discreetly into the work— evocation of abandoned bodies of odalisques, baroque mirror systems, Surrealist inspiration as in this lovely portrait of Elsa Zylberstein in the manner of Man Ray…

After the exhibitions she held in Japan, Italy and France, the Institut français is keen for this exhibition paying tribute to
Kate Barry, giving pride of place to the film actresses she was so fond of, should enjoy the best possible reception within the French cultural network and its partners throughout the world ».


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3 December – 13 December
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Week-end (Saturday and Sunday):
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14 December – 10 January
(Christmas closing = 24th December – 3 January)
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Week-end (Saturday): 11am – 5pm

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November 2015


by Antoine Rameau
3 – 26 November 20115

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Featuring 35 of Antoine Rameau’s latest photo-collages, this new exhibition will present a series of vintage-style collages referring to iconic pin-ups and brands from the 1950-60s’ to express “THE ESSENCE” of dreams, beauty and desire, as well as the birth of “consumer society”.

Inspired by an eclectic range of sources including comics, Pop Art, Street Art and the Recycled Art movement, Rameau started experimenting with collage early on. He explored different techniques, from Surrealist juxtaposition to Cubist construction, and slowly developed his unique style while collecting evocative images of mixed origins (namely Western and Asian) and turning them into oniric new visual worlds. Each collage tells an elaborate story filled with multiple symbols and often satirical messages, which viewers can interpret based on their own experiences.

His works are fully hand-made: all pictures and papers are cut, transformed and glued together through a complex and meticulous “recycling” process. Rameau loves the idea of “giving photos a true second-life” being part of a new visual creation. “Sometimes, pictures that I mixed have absolutely nothing in common but I amazingly feel they were meant to be assembled together”, he says.

A lush representation of nature was playing a key role in his early fantastic works, where trees, flowers, rocks and wild (often weird) animals were taking central stage. In sharp contrast with these idealized nature, the artefacts of technology and standardization embodied an invasive and sometimes threatening modernity.

His recent creations draw from a singular combination of vintage photographs, old maps, newspapers and comics. Antoine Rameau will exhibit his work in 2016 at GALERIE FRANÇOIS MASART, Paris 3e, France

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October 2015


by Diana Lui

8 – 31 October 2015

Diana Lui ( born May 7, 1968 in Malaysia) is a Franco-Belgian photographer, artist and filmmaker of Chinese origin from Malaysia. Due to political and economic instability, she was sent in the 1980’s at age 14 to further her studies in Los Angeles, California. After 12 years in the United States, Lui immigrated to Europe, first to Belgium and finally to France in 1998. Lui’s transient life between three different continents has developed in her a heightened sense of “rootlessness”. This “loss of self ” became later the center from which her art took shape.



In collaboration with Alliance française de Kuala Lumpur, Totem features 27 modern-day portraits of women from all over Malaysia and Morocco dressed in traditional costumes. This thoroughly contemporary photography project expertly fuses past and present ideas of femininity and the roles women play within each strikingly beautiful image. A master with the 8×10 inch view camera, Diana Lui develops projects over several years. Lui’s large format photographic portraits have been compared to August Sander’s portraits.

Her works have been exhibited and collected by some of the most prestigious institutions in the world – Institut du Monde Arabe, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Guangdong Museum of Art, Shanghai Art Museum, Fototeca de Monterrey in Mexico, Museo de Bellas Artes Caracas in Venezuela and Musée de la Photographie de Charleroi. In recent years, she has expanded into installation art inside museums and on cultural and historical sites. She recently presented series of striking portraits on women in traditional costume from Tunisia at the Institut du Monde Arabe (Arab World Art Institute) in Paris.

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September 2015


10 September – 3 October 2015

This year Alliance française de Singapour is holding their 6th France + Singapore Photographic Arts Award (FSPAA), a photography competition multiculturalism theme that aims to feature French and Singaporean professional artists on an international platform.

The top 10 finalists: Zinkie AW, Brice BOURDET, Lavender CHANG, Jeremy GOH GUO HUA, LIM Hong Wei, WONG Miao Hui, Lada NEOBERDINA, CHEE Wei Teck, Wan Fong WOO, and Jazreel YEO, have won a group exhibition in Société Générale Gallery, which will be held from the 10th of September until the 3rd of October 2015.

The FINAL WINNER will win a solo exhibition in Société Générale Gallery in 2016.

  • FSPAA Judges:

Chor Lee Lin

Lee Chor Lin has played an active role in developing Singapore’s art scene for the past 28 years; from being a Southeast Asian Art curator to leading the redevelopment of the National Museum of Singapore as their Director. Presently, she is the CEO of Arts House Limited, the holding company of Singapore International Festival of the Arts.


Gwen Lee is the co-founder and director of Singapore International photography Festival and DECK gallery – an independent art space that supports Southeast Asian contemporary photography. In 2010, she was nominated and awarded with the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Culture award for her contribution to the art scene, in Singapore.


Claire-Lise Dautry,
Executive Director
of Alliance française de Singapour

Pauline Ferré,
Cultural Programming Manager
of Alliance française de Singapour


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by Joni Toh & Stephanie Jennifer

13 August – 3 September 2015

Building Bridges is an exhibition that aims to make links between cultures and religions, as well as humans and animals, reminding us that we’re not very different from one another.

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The exhibition focuses on the vast beauty that the world has to offer; the spirituality of astrology and zodiacs, the beauty of animals and human faces. Joni Toh and Stephanie Jennifer, the mother-daughter aspirant artists, use ink as their primary medium. They feel that ink explores the duality within the world and the human soul –good versus evil, dark versus light. With black, white, and grey ink, the artists are able to strip away the noise of color and focus fully on the ideas that they want to portray. They also incorporated a method called Zentangle that is used to create images by drawing structured patterns in their artworks.


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20 July – 5 August 2015
Mon to Fri, 11am to 7pm
Sat, 11am to 5pm
Sun and PH Closed

Admission is free

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Considering her photographs “paintings of reality”, Sharis refuses both the subterfuge of Photoshop and staged situations. Her work is an invitation to discover beauty beyond our preconceived notions and expectations. In the stunning beauty of deserted Armenian landscapes, pre-fabricated houses and broken down pieces of a car allude unpredictably to a personal and universal quest of identity.

The photographs are also a sheer ode to beauty, fostering on the perfection of forms, textures and colours naturally present in our surroundings and usually overlooked. The medium of photography allows the artist to transform discarded and accidental objects into pieces of art and ultimately to abstract the quintessence of objects.

Similarly to many displaced people all over the world, the artist feels the urgency to go back to her roots. Colours of Armenia allude both to the natural beauty of the country and to the colours of the flag.

This exhibition is an opportunity to embark on a different journey. Following the steps of the early Armenian settlers who contributed to the creation of icons of Singapore like the Raffles Hotel, and the national flower, the orchid Vanda Miss Joachim, the artist is eager to discover a shared history, one less told but not less real. With the story of the successful Armenian diaspora in mind, the viewer is invited to look further than the landscapes of the artist’s abandoned country in the direction of the vibrant and successful city of Singapore – yet a city with its own displaced people and visitors.


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By Arnaud Nazare-Aga
SOCIETE GENERALE Gallery Alliance française de Singapour

6 May – 20 June 2015 :

Admission is free

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French visual artist Arnaud Nazare-Aga started a meaningful collaboration with the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation in 2014, and together they have conceived a unique touring art exhibition of never-before-seen sculptures inspired by the original watercolour illustrations of Antoine de Saint Exupéry’s universally-renowned book, The Little Prince. Two one-of-a-kind exhibitions paying tribute to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry will be presented for the very first time in Singapore as part of “Voilah!”, French festival Singapore”, a major French cultural festival organised by the French Embassy and the Institut Français Singapour, in collaboration with the French Chamber of Commerce, which will take place from 4th May to 21st June 2015 to celebrate SG50.

First published in 1943, The Little Prince is both the most-read and most-translated book in the French language, and was voted the best book of the 20th century in France. Translated into more than 270 languages and dialects and selling nearly two million copies annually, it has become the best-selling book ever published. Though ostensibly styled as a children’s book, The Little Prince makes several observations about life and human nature including the famous lines uttered by the fox to the Little Prince: “One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eyes.”

THE LITTLE PRINCE IN THE DARK, Alliance française de Singapour (6th May – 20th June)

This innovative exhibition also aims to give blind or visually impaired children and adults access to all the poetry, magic and dreams of the most widely-translated literary work in the world. The white sculptures displayed in an entirely black room will have a fluorescent lacquer so that the public who can see can relate to the experience of the visually handicapped.Echoing this well-known quote, this world first held at Alliance francaise de Singapour (6th May-20th June 2015) attempts to bring Saint-Exupéry’s illustrations to life by the sense of touch. The artist has created 13 all-white sculptures with relief (to be discovered by the senses of touch and hearing) that will be presented in the dark. All the magic, dreams and poetry of Saint-Exupery’s beloved book will thus be revealed in a new way never imagined before. Visitors of this exciting exhibition will immerse themselves in the dream world of The Little Prince and its planets by touching the sculptures while listening to an audio version of the book. Several languages will be available including Chinese, English and French.

During this exhibition, the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation will also present the first-ever edition of The Little Prince in Braille (in English and French) with drawings in relief, which was published by blind artist Claude Garrandes in partnership with Universcience. This pioneering work aims to become a tool for sharing and transmitting between sighted and sightless people, human relations so dear to the heart of the writer-pilot. As part of its philanthropic activities, the Foundation will offer several copies of this unique book to Singaporean charities for blind children including Singapore Association of the visually handicapped and blind (SAVH) and to the National Library of Singapore.


Voilah ! French Festival Singapore will be held from 4th May to 21st June 2015. The festival wants to be firmly anchored in the Singaporean landscape and promote French creativity and innovation in culture, science, education and gastronomy. Voilah! aims to be a meeting point between French and Singaporean communities, and is, above all, a celebration of a strong relationship built over the years with our Singaporean partners, institutions and cultural and scientific centres.

In 2015, the festival will be a contribution to the celebrations of 50 years of Singapore and diplomatic relations between the two countries. Voilah! is organized by the Institut Français Singapour and the French Embassy, in collaboration with the French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.


True to the spirit of the French author and aviator who defended a society based on respect for humankind, cultural diversity, cooperation, commitment and individual responsibility, the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation was established in 2008 under the aegis of the Fondation de France by the heirs of the author of The Little Prince and his admirers from the worlds of aeronautics and literature.

This international charitable organisation aims to honour and perpetuate Saint-Exupéry’s legacy by supporting projects for underprivileged children around the world in the field of education and the fight against illiteracy. More than a universal icon, The Little Prince embodies meaningful humanist values, which guides our Foundation’s activities for youth worldwide.

The Paris-based humanitarian organisation thus contributes to improving the everyday lives of disadvantaged youth and helping them attain better futures by financing long-term educational and cultural programmes with local non-profit organisations.

“One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye,” says the fox to the Little Prince in the French classic. True to these words, the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation launched the very first special edition of drawings from The Little Prince adapted to tactile reading for visually-challenged people, accompanied by descriptions in Braille in both French and English, on December 2014 in Paris. This unique book, which will give blind and visually-impaired children and adults access to this poetic tale, its illustrations and texts, will be presented for the first time in Singapore in May 2015 at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore and the Alliance Française of Singapore during the “Voilah!” French cultural festival.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation website:


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Paintings by Chioh Kai Xu
Alliance francaise de Singapour – Level 2

5 May – 20 June

Admission is free


Kai Xu was born 7 years ago with Sturge Weber Syndrome, an incurable condition which primarily affects the brain causing seizures and Glaucoma in the affected eye.
He underwent his first eye operation at age 3 weeks and in spite of all efforts over the years the vision in his right eye has been reduced to 10%.
Powerful medication which must be taken for life is used in a delicate balancing act to prevent ongoing brain seizures which can potentially result in brain damage.
He is currently being home-schooled as seizures in infancy and earlier years have taken their toll on his cognitive development.
Despite the medical challenges he has persevered in a course of art since age 5 which his parents enrolled him in to help cultivate attention and a sense of calm.
This exhibition showcases his work thus far.
It is intended to create awareness of this medical condition which is even misdiagnosed by many doctors.
It is intended to give hope to parents of newborns that out of all the treatments, operations, constant medication and problems with education, something creative can emerge.
When Kai Xu was born there were fewer than 10 children in Singapore diagnosed with this syndrome.
This exhibition is dedicated to that initial group of children and to those diagnosed in the future and to their parents who face lifelong challenges caused by a condition that strikes randomly and not being linked to genetic causes cannot be predicted.

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Photographic Memories of Afghanistan’s past
By Olivier Rolland

SOCIETE GENERALE Gallery Alliance française de Singapour

2 – 22 April 2015 :

Admission is free

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Alliance francaise de Singapore is pleased to present A TRAVELLER’S REVERIE: Photographic Memories of Afghanistan’s past, a unique photographic Exhibition of Afghanistan and its people from 1925 to 1934 when the country opened up to the outside world and foreign influence for the very first time.

On show from the 2nd – 22nd of April 2015, the exhibition, curated and designed by Olivier Rolland, is the result of a selection of black-and-white photographs which convey the richness of this forgotten landscape.

The exhibition draws together 32 black-and-white images and 50 stereoscopic or 3D pictures of landscapes and Afghan people in their everyday lives, in souks, villages and the countryside.

“The purpose of this exhibition is to share with visitors a glimpse of a unique and special distant culture. This window on Afghanistan’s past was opened to me as a child when I stumbled upon a treasure trove of pictures taken by my grand-father, Albert Léon, almost a century ago.” said Mr Rolland.

 A significant part of the exhibition is dedicated to the viewing of authentic 3 dimensional pictures of a past age. It is little known how popular and widespread the art of 3D was before 1930. Especially for the exhibition, the stereoscopics or 3D pictures have been processed from the scans of the original photographic glass plates.

 “The technique makes the pictures all the more vivid and moving. And acts as a crystal ball. There is a stark contrast between the immediacy and intimacy of these close views of people you can almost touch, and the unmistakable feeling that this is a bygone era, never to be seen again.” said Mr Rolland.

The Exhibition offers views of contemporary events, such as the Croisière Jaune or Citröen expedition that ran through Afghanistan and the entire expanse of Nothern Asia.

 It highlights the epic of the first archaeological research and excavations that unveiled the rich and complex historical layers of this land.


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How Francophone talents are shaping Singapore

Roundtable: 11 March 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Speakers: Yann Follain, architect, designer and WY-TO founding partner, Manuel Der Hagopian, Partner & Co-founder of group8asia, Stéphane Lasserre, Design Principal at B+H Architects (Singapore), Eng-Kiat Tan, Vice President , Surbana Urban Planning & Design. Moderator: Carrie Nooten, journalist Radio France, RFI, France24 TV.

Singapore has emerged as a model of sustainable architecture in Asia — an important development in a region that is urbanizing more rapidly than any other in the world. Leading experts from France, Switzerland and Canada will showcase some of the most innovative and exciting green buildings projects they are currently working on and tell us all about what is happening NOW. The roundtable and exhibition will also give a glimpse of what the near future holds.

Exhibition 11-29 March
Free entrance

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