Women in Photography 2018 | Artist Talks II

Habiba Nowrose, Wong Maye-E & Kristen Gelineau
Sat, 6 Oct 2018, 4pm to 6pm
Workshop Space, Objectifs

With the backdrop of collective movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp gaining momentum in the past year, the fourth edition of Objectifs’ Women in Film and Photography takes on the theme of COLLECTIVE POWER. We turn our spotlight to photographers and filmmakers who seek to empower and effect change within and across communities through their work.

Join us for an artist sharing session for Women in Photography 2018 Exhibition, with Wong Maye-E and Kristen Gelineau who will talk about the photography and text behind All I Have Left Are My Words and Habiba Nowrose, who will share her project Concealed.


CONCEALED / Habiba Nowrose

"As women, we are often compelled to portray our beautiful selves. In that path to avail beauty, we are made to strip off our individuality, stories and traumas. Eventually, we lose ourselves and be one with that fabricated image. We become anonymous to ourselves and our identities remained concealed."

About Habiba Nowrose

Habiba Nowrose is a photographer based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She studied at the Danish School of Media and Journalism and Pathshala South Asian Media Institute. She is interested in subjects that explore the human relationship and gender identities.



"In August 2017, Myanmar’s security forces unleashed a brutal campaign of violence against the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority. Amid the reports of atrocities that began to pour out of Myanmar’s Rakhine state were horrific accounts of Rohingya women who had been subjected to gang rapes by soldiers.

We traveled to the refugee camps of Bangladesh, where the Rohingya had fled, to investigate whether the rapes had been systematic. And after interviewing 29 rape survivors, that is precisely what we found: The rapes of Rohingya women by Myanmar’s military were both sweeping and methodical.

The extent of the cruelty and degradation these women and girls endured was almost unspeakable. And yet they found the strength and courage to speak out anyway, even though to do so put them at risk of deadly retaliation by Myanmar’s security forces.

Because of the threat to their safety if their identities were revealed, we could not show their faces. But we could show their eyes. And their eyes conveyed the fierce bravery that lives within their souls.

There is a saying that “the eyes are the window to the soul.” The effect of the women staring straight into the camera’s lens gives the viewer a powerful connection to their pain. The intimacy and intensity of these photos is also unsettling for many viewers. This is deliberate; The photos are a challenge to the viewer to think about the plight of each woman.

For many of these women and girls, the horror they endured did not end with their attacks — some became pregnant. There is a deep stigma in the Rohingya community attached to carrying the child of a Buddhist. As a result, many of these survivors were forced to hide in their shelters for the duration of their pregnancies. The images of these women thus convey the hidden nature of their agony, and their deep sense of shame and fear.

Rohingya women are among the most voiceless populations on the planet. This project aimed to give them a voice. As one woman told us so eloquently:

“I have nothing left. All I have left are my words.”


Wong Maye–E joined The Associated Press (AP) in 2003 on a freelance basis after graduating from Temasek Polytechnic School of Design. She did a stint with the national broadsheet paper, The Straits Times, after graduation, and eventually became an AP staff photographer. She is based in Singapore and has covered sports, entertainment, politics and regional breaking news. Maye–E has documented major events such as the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Thailand and Hong Kong political protests, the devastation of typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and the garment factory collapse in Dhaka. She is AP’s lead photographer for North Korea and her responsibilities include news and everyday life in the reclusive country.

Kristen Gelineau joined The Associated Press in Washington state in 2002. For the next six years, she worked in AP bureaus in Seattle; Olympia, Washington; Cleveland; and Richmond, Virginia, covering politics, health, crime and courts. In Virginia, she covered death row, disasters including Hurricane Katrina, and led AP’s coverage of the Virginia Tech massacre.

In 2008, she transferred to AP’s bureau in Sydney, Australia, where she has written about everything from Aboriginal rights to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 to Australian culture and crime. She has covered disasters across the Asia-Pacific region, including the 2010 tsunami in Sumatra, Indonesia, the 2011 Christchurch, New Zealand, earthquake, Japan’s tsunami and nuclear crisis and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. She has also covered human rights abuses, reporting extensively from the refugee camps of Bangladesh on the plight of the Rohingya people. In 2012, she was promoted from correspondent to Chief of Bureau for Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Her work has won numerous journalism awards, most recently the 2018 Society of Publishers in Asia Award for Women’s Issues, and the 2018 Overseas Press Club’s Hal Boyle Award.


The photographers featured in the Women in Photography 2018 Exhibition include Izuumi Miyazki | Haley Morris-Cafiero | Habiba Nowrose | Laura Boushnak | Wong Maye-E | Karen Miranda Rivadeneira


Women in Film & Photography Showcase Programme
:: Women in Photography 2018 Exhibition: 5 Oct to 18 Nov 2018
:: Guided photographer & curator tour: 5 Oct, 6pm to 7pm
:: Artist Talk I, 6 Oct, Sat, 2pm to 4pm
:: Artist Talk II, 6 Oct, Sat, 4pm to 6pm
:: Short Film Screening: 5 to 28 Oct, Lower Gallery (screening on loop)
:: Women in Film Screenings: 10 to 13 Oct

Header image by Wong Maye-E / AP Photo

"All I Have Left Are My Words" is supported by AP Photo.

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